August 31st, 2010
As opposition to the proposed Belo Monte Dam on the Amazon’s Xingu River grows, Amazon Watch and International Rivers have created a 10-minute Google Earth 3-D tour and video, narrated by actress Sigourney Weaver. The production, entitled Defending the Rivers of the Amazon, supports Brazil’s Xingu River Forever Alive Movement. The Belo Monte Dam would be the third-largest hydroelectric dam in the world. It would divert the flow of the Xingu River, a significant tributary of the Amazon, to produce electricity for industrial mining operations in the region.