Photos: Controversial Belo Monte dam in Brazil

Photos: Controversial Belo Monte dam in Brazil

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ALTAMIRA, BRAZIL - JUNE 13: Indigenous men look on during a ceremony honoring the Xingu River before the start of the Xingu +23 event that gathers resisters of the Belo Monte dam project in the Amazon basin on June 13, 2012 in Santo Antonio, near Altamira, Brazil. Santo Antonio is adjacent to where the Belo Monte dam complex is under construction and the entire community will be expropriated for the construction. Around 60 families originally lived in Santo Antonio but now only about ten families remain. Xingu +23 is an event running parallel to the United Nations Rio + 20 event and marks 23 years since the first meeting of indigenous peoples opposed to the dam in 1989. Belo Monte will be the world's third-largest hydroelectric project and will displace up to 20,000 people while diverting the Xingu River and flooding as much as 230 square miles of rainforest. The controversial $16 billion project is one of around 60 hydroelectric projects Brazil has planned in the Amazon to generate electricity for its rapidly expanding economy. The Brazilian Amazon, home to 60 percent of the world's largest forest and 20 percent of the Earth's oxygen, remains threatened by the rapid development of the country. The area is currently populated by over 20 million people and is challenged by deforestation, agriculture, mining, a governmental dam building spree, illegal land speculation including the occupation of forest reserves and indigenous land and other issues. Over 100 heads of state and tens of thousands of participants and protesters will descend on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, later this month for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or 'Earth Summit'. Host Brazil is caught up in its own dilemma between accelerated growth and environmental preservation. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

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