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Encyclopedia > Xingu River

The Xingu River in Brazil is a tributary of the Amazon River. The Amazon River (occasionally River Amazon; Spanish: Río Amazonas, Portuguese: Rio Amazonas) of South America is one of the two longest rivers on Earth, the other being the Nile in Africa. ...


It was little known until it was explored in 18841887 by Karl von den Steinen from Cuyaba. Travelling east, 240 miles, he found the river Tamitatoaba, 180 feet wide, flowing from a lake 25 miles in diameter. He descended this torrential stream to the river Romero, 1300 feet wide, entering from the west, which receives the river Colisu. These three streams form the Xingu, or Parana-xingu, which, from 73 miles lower down, bounds along a succession of rapids for 400 miles. A little above the head of navigation, 105 miles from its mouth, the river makes a bend to the east to find its way across a rocky barrier. Here is the great cataract of Itamaraca, which rushes down an inclined plane for 3 miles and then gives a final leap, called the fall of Itamaraca. Near its mouth, the Xingu expands into an immense lake, and its waters then mingle with those of the Amazon through a labyrinth of eanos (natural canals), winding in countless directions through a wooded archipelago. In the borders of thir river was created in the last 1950's the first Indian Park in Brazil, that marks the first indian earths reconized in this country. Nowadays fourteen tribes live there, like their ancestors, surviving using natural resources, extracting from the river most that they need as food and water. These people are in great danger, because these lands and the river are menaced by without control forest exploration, the catle and the farms that grows around the park and the construction of hydroeletric power plant in the Kuluene River, the most important ascedent of the Xingu River, despite the fight of these people against this. 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1887 (MDCCCLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar). ... Template:DadosMunicípioBrasil Cuiabá is the capital city of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. ... For the band with this name, see Cataract (band). ... Itamaracá is an island and a city in Pernambuco, Brazil, near the Atlantic Ocean. ...



Original text from 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica 1913 advertisement for the 11th edition, with the slogan When in doubt — look it up in the Encyclopædia Britannica The Encyclopædia Britannica (properly spelt with æ, the ae-ligature) was first published in 1768–1771 as The Britannica was an important early English-language general encyclopedia, and is still...


The name has at least one reference in literature, as the title of a humorous Edith Wharton short story from 1911. Literature is literally acquaintance with letters as in the first sense given in the Oxford English Dictionary (from the Latin littera meaning an individual written character (letter)). The term has generally come to identify a collection of texts, which in Western culture are mainly prose, both fiction and non-fiction... This article discusses humour in terms of comedy and laughter. ... Edith Wharton Edith Wharton (January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937) was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer. ... This article is in need of attention. ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ...


References

  • Cowell, Adrian. 1973. The Tribe that Hides from Man. The Bodely Head, London.

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Tenotã–mõ Executive Summary | International Rivers (6528 words)
A large land area of the Big Bend of the Xingu between the river and the Transamazon highway, in an area of colonization projects and ranches between Altamira and the Belo Monte do Pontal ferry landing in addition to river bank lands and islands along the Xingu for 200 km, in two totally distinct stretches.
All river bank residences from the BIS to the Xingu Club will have to be removed, and the "ports" for river boats and speed boats will have to be moved, for example on the "Seis" ramp where various houses will be below the 97 meter level.
At the confluence of the Bacajá river with the Xingu, the meeting of the waters of the two rivers produces a typically Amazonian phenomenon.
Something's a bit Fishy in Brazil: Fishing the Xingu River | Frommers.com (1729 words)
Beaches separate the river from the forest, and outcroppings of basalt rocks punctuate the entire basin.
The Xingu Lodge is all-inclusive, so once there, visitors can relax and let their biggest worries be what sort of fish to pursue and what lures might best entice them.
The Xingu River is rich in fish, and it's possible to catch over 15 species in the lodge's 18 miles of river alone.
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