Friday, July 04, 2008

Xingu River in Brazil Endangered

The wild and free Xingu River is critical to maintaining intact the Amazon, its peoples and the Earth we share.


The Brazilian government is planning to build what would be the third largest dam on the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon. The Xingu River in northeast Brazil is a tributary of the Amazon River.

The Belo Monte Dam, meant principally to fuel the expansion of aluminum foundries and other industrial plants in the Amazon, would require diverting nearly the entire flow of the Xingu, drying up the the Xingu and its tributary, the Bacaj√°, home to hundreds of indigenous people. Native people upstream would also be affected by the dam´s impacts on fish stocks, their principal food source.

1 comment:

alan said...

Wow, Brazil has some beautiful areas and they really should be preserved for the wildlife (including native people)


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