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Itumbiara Reservoir on the Paranaíba River near Uberlandia, Brazil

18.9S 48.2W

August 17th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

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This APM image focuses on the Itumbiara Reservoir on the Paranaíba River in Brazil. Cachoeira Dourada near Itumbiara is one of the most important hydroelectric power stations in Brazil, providing energy to Goiânia and Brasília.

Another river, the Corumbá, can also be seen entering the lake from the north.It is the most important river in the Central Plateau region of Brazil.

The Paranaíba River, on the other hand, is one of the main tributaries of the Paraná. It has a length of approximately 1,000 kilometres (620 mi). Because of the great pressure to use its resources it shows serious environmental problems: in addition to the erosion of its banks caused by sand extraction and cutting down of the original forest growth, practically 100% of the towns that form its basin dump their untreated sewage into it.

Upon opening the full image, the city of Uberlândia can be observed to the south of the reservoir as a green and yellow circular area. Uberlândia is located in the western part of the state of Minas Gerais, in the region called Triângulo Mineiro, one of the richest agricultural regions of Brazil, between the Paranaíba and Grande Rivers. In fact, many fields can be seen across the image.

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