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While hiking to Laguna Esmeralda, we stopped often for photographs of the mountains, the rivers and rivulets, and the beaver dams– the very impressive beaver dams! 🏞

The beaver is a large, primarily nocturnal, semiaquatic rodent. They are known for building dams, canals, and lodges (homes). One of the primary reasons beavers build dams is to surround their lodge with water for protection from predators. It is made from sticks, mud and rocks. 👩‍🚒 The dams, canals and lodges they build have gained them the reputation as “Nature’s Engineers”. No other animal with the exception of man so significantly alters its habitat to suit its own needs and desires. Native Americans revered the beaver and referred to them as “Little People” for this reason. 🐾🐾🐾 #ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #ushuaia #argentina #lagunaesmeralda #beaverdam

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