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Grass colonies that grow in water form large clumps, so-called "floating meadows." These are ecologically important. During the rainy season, strong currents break up these mats which then move downriver to locations often far distant from their origin. The process causes ecological isolation, hence diversification of species. Even small deer and other vertebrates have been found on the rafts, being inadvertently transported maybe hundreds of miles.

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