Gold at what cost? Another megaproject threatens biodiversity in the Amazon

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This article summarizes three controversial aspects of the Volta Grande project.

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Tófoli, Raffael M.; Dias, Rosa M.; Alves, Gustavo H. Zaia; Hoeinghaus, David; Gomes, Luiz C.; Baumgartner, Matheus T. et al. June 26, 2017.

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Abstract: The Xingu River, located in northern Brazil, is already under the impacts of one of the most harmfulprojects in the history of the Amazon – the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam. A new megaproject calledthe ‘Volta Grande Project’, led by Canadian gold mining company Belo Sun will be situated adjacent tothe same stretch of the Xingu that is dewatered by the Belo Monte complex. Various aspects of theproject are controversial. There are reports that the mining company acquired public lands illegally, theaffected area has high biodiversity and endemism of several taxonomic groups, and mining operationswould be approximately 9.5 km from indigenous lands. Synergistic impacts of impoundment and miningoperations are expected to dramatically alter the Xingu’s biodiversity and ecosystem services that supportindigenous people and riverine populations. Moreover, the mining activities will generate tons of toxicwaste that will be stored in a high-risk tailings dam, which exposes the Xingu River to catastrophicconsequences similar to those of the Doce River disaster.

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  • Publication Title: Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation
  • Volume: 15
  • Pages: 129-131
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Tófoli, Raffael M.; Dias, Rosa M.; Alves, Gustavo H. Zaia; Hoeinghaus, David; Gomes, Luiz C.; Baumgartner, Matheus T. et al. Gold at what cost? Another megaproject threatens biodiversity in the Amazon, article, June 26, 2017; New York, New York. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc991046/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.