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The Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam complex in Brazil

October 2015

A new large scale hydroelectric dam, the Belo Monte, is due to be completed in 2016 on the Xingu River in the state of Pará, Brazil


AQA A Level
Unit 1: Rivers, floods and management (core)
Unit 1: Energy issues (optional)

Edexcel A Level
Unit 3: Energy security (optional)
Unit 3: Water conflicts (optional)
Unit 4: The world of cultural diversity (optional)

OCR A Level
Unit 1: River environments (core)
Unit 2: The energy issue (core)

WJEC A Level
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Unit 1: River processes and pressures (optional)

Edexcel A GCSE
Unit 2: River landscapes (core)

Edexcel B GCSE
Unit 1: Water world (core)
Unit 2: Consuming resources (core)

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  • Hydroelectricity in Brazil
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  • What impact might the Belo Monte Dam create and why is the new dam surrounded in controversy?

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