Meanders of the Fueguian Steppe
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Inhabitable landscape
In the middle of the Fuegian pampas, seeing a water course is vital for living beings, fresh water will always be an attractant of life, for the same reason for millions of years both animals and humans have been settling in areas of the landscape that are close to these watercourses.
For the rest, the meandering of these meanders remind us of the generosity and powerful resilience of nature, that in the middle of an extensive and arid steppe these supportive and wide water arms extend. The true arteries of the earth, which come to counteract the rigidity of the Pampas, to remind us that life is protected even in the most remote places on the planet.


Fluvial System/Magallanes Basin

Thanks to the non-existent slope, water flows peaceful and gentle through the flat steppe. Watercourses draw sinuous trails, characterized by pronounced curves known as meanders that form due to small variations in the velocity of the current.

When waterflow is slightly faster on one of the riverbanks, the current erodes said border, excavating it until it curves. At the same time, a slower current on the opposite bank causes more sediments to accumulate, enriching the internal border of the curve. As the meander becomes more pronounced, the velocity difference of the current increases, enhancing the excavation of one bank and the thickening of the opposite.

Downriver, the current now flows unbalanced, which causes a new curve to be excavated, opposite to the meander upriver. Thus begins an incessant, positive feedback loop, where the waviness of watercourses is only accentuated and extended throughout the steppe, feeding the meadows that host most of the native fauna and that have become the essence of austral estancias.

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