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Excessively Rainy Community Captures

Amos Chapple Photographs the Wettest Place on Earth

— September 6, 2014 — World
In this stunning photography series for Atlantic Magazine, Amos Chapple captures a village in Meghalaya, India known as the 'wettest place on Earth.' Located in the steep Khasi Hills, Mawsynram receives 467 inches of rain every year due to summer air currents passing over Bangladesh's floodplains.

The unceasing precipitation results in unique imagery as villagers and labor workers are forced to wear protective gear like woven bamboo and banana leaf umbrella hats (called knups). The uncommonly fertile terrain also lends itself to natural architectural innovations like living bridges as well, which are made out of rubber tree roots and last longer than man-made structures.

Amos Chapple is no stranger to documenting fascinating communities, having previous experience shooting daily life in Iran and the Tunnel of Love in Ukraine.
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