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Article on the Biobio published in Canoe Kayak

Article on the Biobio published in Canoe Kayak

The Great Biobio from Source to Sea, by Jens Benöhr and Tobias Hellwig

Chile is a land of rivers. Snowfall in the Andes Mountains melts and flows through thousands of creeks, which join into rivers, lakes, lagoons and wetlands before feeding into the Pacific along Chile’s 3,000 miles of coastline. In the middle of this long country, the Biobío River drains Chile’s second largest watershed. Butaleubu, as the Biobío was named by the native Pehuenche people, means ‘big river.’

The Biobío traces a 240-mile path from its origins in the Andes to its mouth near the city of Concepción, where I have lived since I was young. Long ago, I started wondering about the origin of the river that flows silently past my window. That curiosity sparked my interest in paddling the length of the river to study its anthropology and human ecology. …

“The big Ralco and Pangue hydroelectric projects, as well as the recently finished Angostura Dam, have flooded large areas of native forest and sacred lands of the Pehuenche people.”

Read more at Canoe Kayak.com.