Brazil Bordering Countries: Argentina
, French Guiana
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Where is Brazil?
Map of Brazil States
Google Earth is a free program from Google that allows you to explore satellite images showing the cities and landscapes of Brazil and all of South America in fantastic detail. It works on your desktop computer, tablet, or mobile phone. The images in many areas are detailed enough that you can see houses, vehicles and even people on a city street. Google Earth is free and easy-to-use.
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Brazil is the largest country in South America, the fifth-largest in the world, and the largest country with Portuguese as its official language. Brazil is also the most populous country in South America and the fifth most populous in the world. If you visit Brazil you can see Iguazu Falls, which if you combine the width of the 275 distinct falls, has the greatest width of any waterfall in the world at 8858 feet (2700 meters). The Amazon basin contains the world's largest rainforest and the world's largest and longest river. Brazil is also one of the world's most important sources of gemstones with impressive deposits of amethyst, topaz, agate, beryls, and tourmaline.
Gemstones from Brazil:
Brazil is one of the treasure chests of the world because it is an important or dominant source of so many gemstones
. The state of Minas Gerais is the world's most important source of amethyst
(in a wide range of color saturations) and topaz
(in its most valuable colors). Brazil is a major source of gem beryls
, which include morganite
, and emerald
. No other country produces more amethyst geodes
nodules than Brazil. In addition to amethyst, Brazil is also a major source of other quartz
gems which include rock crystal, citrine
, rose quartz
, and smoky quartz
. A full spectrum of tourmaline
colors are produced in Brazil, including the most valuable Paraiba tourmaline, named after the state in which it was first found.
Altamira, Aracaju, Araguaina, Assis Brasil, Barreiras, Belem, Belo Horizonte, Benjamin Constant, Boa Vista, Boca do Acre, Brasilia, Cachimbo, Campo Grande, Carajas, Caceres, Careiro, Corumba, Cruzeiro do Sul, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguacu, Goiania, Guajara-Mirim, Humaita, Ilheus, Itaituba, Joao Pessoa, Juazeiro, Macapa, Maceio, Manaus, Maraba, Natal, Oiapoque, Olinda, Palmas, Panorama, Parnaiba, Petrolina, Picos, Ponta Pora, Porto Alegre, Porto Velho, Recife, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande, Rondonopolis, Salgueiro, Salvador (Bahia), Santa Cruz, Santa Fe do Sul, Santa Maria, Santarem, Santos, Sao Francisco do Sul, Sao Jose do Ribamar, Sao Luis, Sao Paulo, Teresina, Uberlandia, Vila Velha (Espirito Santo), Vitoria, and Vitoria da Conquista.
Acre, Alagoas, Amapa, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceara, Distrito Federal (Federal District), Espirito Santo, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para, Paraiba, Parana, Pernambuco, Piaui, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondonia, Roraima, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo, Sergipe, and Tocantins.
Amazonas (Amazon River), Atlantic Ocean, Baia de Marajo, Baia de Paranagua, Baia de Santa Rosa, Baia de Sao Marcos, Baia do Vieira Grande, Lago de Sobradinho, Lagoa Mirim, Lagoa dos Patos, Pacific Ocean, Rio Araguaia, Rio Grande, Rio Juruena, Rio Madeira, Rio Negro, Rio Paraguay, Rio Parana, Rio Paranaiba, Rio Purus, Rio Sao Francisco, Rio Tapajos, Rio Teles Pires, Rio Tocantins, Rio Uruguay, Rio Xingu, Serra do Espinhaco, Serra do Tumucumaque (Tumuk Humak Mountains), Serra dos Parecis.
Brazil Natural Resources:
Brazil has a wealth of metal resources which include bauxite, gold, iron ore, manganese, nickel, platinum, tin, and rare earth elements. Other resources include gemstones, phosphates, uranium, petroleum, hydropower and timber.
Brazil Natural Hazards:
In the northeastern part of Brazil there are recurring droughts. Other natural hazards include floods, and occasional frost in the southern portion of the country.
Brazil Environmental Issues:
The country of Brazil has water, air and soil pollution. The deforestation in the Amazon Basin destroys the habitat and endangers a large number of indigenous plant and animal species. There is water pollution and land degradation caused by improper mining activities. Wetland degradation and severe oil spills are also environmental concerns. Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and several other large cities have air and water pollution. The country of Brazil also has a problem with illegal poaching and wildlife trade.
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