15 Jul '11, 5pm

The Uros: Organic Homes on Floating Man-Made Islands

The Uros: Organic Homes on Floating Man-Made Islands

At first glance, these dwellings don’t look like much more than a scattering of huts along the edge of a river. However, the land they sit on isn’t exactly natural – though it is alive. The Uros people fashioned these floating islands themselves out of living reeds, and have lived on them in the middle of Lake Titicaca, which is bordered by Bolivia and Peru, for hundreds of years. Totora reeds, the materials used to create the islands as well as the Uros’ huts and boats, grow naturally in the lake. They have dense root systems that form a mat between three and six feet thick, keeping the islands buoyant despite sometimes supporting ten families. The roots rot away quickly, so the Uros – a Pre-Incan people who stake ownership claims to the lake and water – constantly add new reeds. These islands are sometimes anchored and sometimes allowed to drift across the surface of the...

Full article: http://webecoist.com/2011/07/15/the-uros-organic-homes-on...

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