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Agriculture Around São Simão Reservoir, Brazil

18.9S 50.5W

June 2nd, 2009 Category: Lakes

Brazil - May 30th, 2009

Brazil - May 30th, 2009

The São Simão Reservoir is an artificial lake on the border of the Brazilian states of Goiás (above the reservoir) and Minas Gerais (below the reservoir). It was formed in 1975 by the São Simão hydroelectric power plant and dam on the Paranaíba River.

The reservoir has a surface area of 674 km² and a volume of 12,5 billion cubic meters. It is part of a major navigation link through which goods and commerce are transported between central Brazil, the Prata River and the South Atlantic.

The region’s economy is not only based on hydroelectric power production, but also on agriculture. In this image, many fields can be seen in the land around the reservoir. The major crops grown in this area include corn, soybeans, sesame seeds, sugarcane, beans, manioc and coffee.

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