Altamira, Pará

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Altamira
Flag of Altamira
Flag
Official seal of Altamira
Seal
Location of Altamira
Location of Altamira
Country Brazil
Region Norte
State Pará
Government
 • Mayor Odileida Maria de Sousa Sampaio
Area
 • Total 161,445.9 km2 (62,334.6 sq mi)
Elevation 109 m (358 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 105 030
 • Density 0.47/km2 (1.2/sq mi)

Altamira is a city in the state of Pará, in northern Brazil. It is the largest municipality in the Americas by area, and the second in the world, after Jiuquan, China. It the home of the Territorial Prelature of Xingu.

If Altamira were a country, it would be the 91st largest, bigger than Greece and Nepal and almost the size of Tunisia and Uruguay.

Altamira is served by Altamira Airport.

Economy[edit]

The municipal GDP is around US$ 450 million and is mainly linked to agricultural activities, trade and since 2010 has been driven by the construction of the Belo Monte Dam.

Belo Monte Dam[edit]

In Altamira the 3rd largest dam in the world (by generating capacity (behind Three Gorges Dam and Itaipu Dam), with a capacity of 11.233 MW/h) is being built; the construction work was started in 2010 and should be completed in 2019.

Geography[edit]

Altamira is located in a transition area between the Brazilian Highlands and Amazonian Lowlands, is situated on the shores of the Xingu River a tributary of the Amazon River, with average elevation of 109 meters. This is the 2nd largest city in the world in land area.

Climate[edit]

The climate of Altamira is tropical humid, with high temperatures all year and average rainfall of 2150 mm (84 inches) annually. The seasons are undefined, with only change in rainfall rate.

Winters are warm and rainy, with lows between 19°C and 22°C and highs of 26°C and 35°C.

Summers are warmer and drier with lows between 22°C and 26°C and highs of 30°C and 40°C.


Climate data for Altamira, Pará
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 86
(30)
86
(30)
84
(29)
86
(30)
86
(30)
86
(30)
86
(30)
88
(31)
90
(32)
90
(32)
90
(32)
88
(31)
87.2
(30.6)
Average low °F (°C) 72
(22)
72
(22)
72
(22)
72
(22)
72
(22)
72
(22)
70
(21)
70
(21)
72
(22)
72
(22)
72
(22)
72
(22)
71.7
(21.8)
Rainfall inches (mm) 8.58
(218)
11.85
(301)
15.51
(394)
14.61
(371)
11.97
(304)
5.28
(134)
3.54
(90)
1.97
(50)
1.22
(31)
1.57
(40)
2.91
(74)
5.51
(140)
84.52
(2,147)
Avg. rainy days 26 25 28 26 25 19 15 10 10 11 13 20 228
Source: http://worldclimateguide.co.uk/climateguides/brazil/altamira.php

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Coordinates: 3°12′10″S 52°12′21″W / 3.20278°S 52.20583°W / -3.20278; -52.20583