Aripuanã River

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Aripuanã River
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The confluence of the Madeira River (brown) and Aripuanã River (dark) near the town of Novo Aripuanã. Despite its color on this photo, Aripuanã is clearwater rather than a blackwater.
Country Brazil
 - left Juma River, Roosevelt River, Guaribe River, Branco River
 - right Arauá River
 - location Mato Grosso, Brazil
Mouth Madeira River
 - location Novo Aripuanã, Amazonas, Brazil
 - coordinates 5°7′7″S 60°22′55″W / 5.11861°S 60.38194°W / -5.11861; -60.38194Coordinates: 5°7′7″S 60°22′55″W / 5.11861°S 60.38194°W / -5.11861; -60.38194
Length 870 km (541 mi) [1]
Madeira Basin with Aripuanã River above right. At the junction the right branch (opposite Roosevelt River) is a continuation of the Aripuanã. The uppermost (southern) section of the Aripuanã is not shown

Aripuanã River (Portuguese: Rio Aripuanã) is a river in Amazonas and Mato Grosso states in north-western Brazil. It is a tributary of the Madeira River in the Amazon Basin. The town of Novo Aripuanã is located on its banks where it merges into the Madeira River. The town of Aripuanã is also on its banks, but on the upper (southern) section of the river. The Trans-Amazonian highway crosses the Aripuanã.

There are four dams on the river (Dardanelos Dam, Faxinal I and Faxinal II at Aripuanã town, and Juína Dam west of Juína) and a fifth is planned (Prainha Dam on the middle Aripuanã River). These have impacted the environment and caused conflicts with indigenous people.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Ziesler, R.; Ardizzone, G.D. (1979). "Amazon River System". The Inland waters of Latin America. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ISBN 92-5-000780-9. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Hurwitz, Z. (29 July 2010). Another Indigenous Tragedy Highlights the Inviability of Amazonian Dams. International Rivers. Retrieved 27 May 2014
  3. ^ Ecolnews:Usina de Dardanelos, crime ambiental premeditado e consolidado. Retrieved 27 May 2014