Where has the river gone?

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From today's kayaking trip on the Rio Grande.

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Thanks, Tri -- much appreciated! The river is of course still there, running in a fairly narrow channel, but the amount and size of above-water mudflats is astounding, especially since we have had a good monsoon season.
 
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The rain (and runoff from wildfires) causes the river to gather more silt, which it deposits along the bends, and so it carves a deeper but narrower channel.

The current is therefore very strong in places, and paddling upstream can be quite a workout!
 
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