With 467 Inches of Rainfall a Year, This Village in India Is the Wettest Place on Earth

(Photo: Amos Chapple)

There's a rain gauge in Mawsynram, Meghalaya, India. On average, it collects 467 inches--that's 38.9 feet--of rainfall a year. Contrast that with about 50 inches of annual precipitation in New York City. It's the wettest place on Earth and the people who live there have had to adapt accordingly.

Photographer Amos Chapple visited Mawsynram. He's published 18 photos of it in The Atlantic. You can view them all here.

Do you see the kids crossing the bridge? That bridge is alive. Because the rain rots standard wooden structures, the villagers have, over the centuries, developed the ability to shape and weave living trees into useful objects. That bridge is a living rubber tree. 

-via American Digest


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