Caldas Novas

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Município de Caldas Novas
State Goiás
Coordinates 17°44′42″S 48°37′30″W / 17.74500°S 48.62500°W / -17.74500; -48.62500
Area 1,588 km²
Population 65,637 (IBGE 2005)
Altitude 625 m above sea level
Postcode (CEP) 75690-000
Became a city: 1911
Mayor Ney Viturino
Distance to Goiânia: 170 km.
Statistical microregion: Meia Ponte
Website: Prefeitura de Caldas Novas
Location in Goiás
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Caldas Novas is a Brazilian municipality in the state of Goiás. It is considered by many[who?] to be the largest hydro-thermal resort in the world.[citation needed]

Location[edit]

Caldas Novas is located 170 km south of state capital, Goiânia, with good roads linking to that city. It belongs to the Meia Ponte Microregion, which has 338,147 inhabitants (2007) in 21 cities and a total area of 21,229.00 km². Highway connections are made by BR-352 / Bela Vista de Goiás / GO-147 / Piracanjuba / GO-217 / GO-139 / GO-213. See Sepin for a complete list of all distances in Goiás

Neighboring municipalities are:

The city and region are served by Nelson Ribeiro Guimarães Airport.

Demographics[edit]

  • Population density in 2007: 39.13 inhab/km²
  • Population growth rate 1996/2007: 4.18.%
  • Total population in 2007: 62,204
  • Total population in 1980: 11,274
  • Urban population in 2007: 55,376
  • Rural population in 2007: 2,140
  • Population change: the population has grown from 11,000 in 1980.

Political Information[edit]

  • Eligible voters in 2007: 43,274
  • City government in 2005: mayor (Magda Mofatto Hon), vice-mayor (Silvânia Fernandes e Silva), and 10 councilmembers.

Besides the municipal seat there are the "povoados" (villages) of Nossa Senhora de Fátima and Vila de Furnas; and the "aglomerados" (hamlets) of Junqueilândia, Paraíso and Sapé.

History[edit]

In 1777 Martinho Coelho and Gustavo- Mauricio Silva De Carvalho Alves discovered the hot water springs that became known as Caldas de Piratinga, later changing the name to Caldas, on the banks of the Caldas River. The discover registered the land and established a ranch on the left bank of the river, which he named "Fazenda das Caldas". Gold was found in small quantities attracting prospectors and others in search of cures in the hot waters. In 1850 another settlement arose on the right bank of the river near the hot springs, where a church was soon built. In 1857 Caldas Novas became a district and in 1911 it became a municipality.[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

The main source of income of the municipality is tourism. Caldas Novas is known throughout Brazil as one of the largest hydrothermal resorts in the world so in the high season the city receives as many as 100,000 tourists and at carnival as many as 300,000 people. Almost two thousand people are employed in this sector. The infrastructure of the city has more than 80 hotels and pensions (12,000 beds), (many with heated swimming pools and all with hot water produced by the natural thermal system), chalets, clubs, nightclubs, bars and restaurants. (All data are from Sepin/IBGE)

Economic Data (2007)

  • Industrial establishments: 144
  • Financial Institutions in 2007: Banco do Brasil S.A. - Bradesco S.A. - Banco Itaú S.A. - CEF - HSBC Bank Brasil S.A. -Banco Multiplo
  • Dairies: Laticínios Serina Ltda.; - Coop. M. dos Prod. de Leite de Morrinhos Ltda.
  • Retail establishments in 2007: 1,282
  • Industrial district: Distrito Agroindustrial de Caldas Novas (June/2006)
  • Automobiles: 10,500 (2007)

Main agricultural products in ha.(2006)

  • cotton: 120
  • rice: 600
  • banana: 20
  • coconut: 20
  • oranges: 220
  • lemon: 15
  • corn: 3,600
  • soybeans: 15,600
  • sorghum: 1,200

Farm Data (2006)in ha.

  • Number of farms: 551
  • Total area: 79,324
  • Area of permanent crops: 114
  • Area of perennial crops: 17,634
  • Area of natural pasture: 40,770
  • Persons dependent on farming: 1,100
  • Farms with tractors: 136
  • Number of tractors: 211 IBGE

Health and education[edit]

  • Health clinics: 14 (2007)
  • Hospitals: 04 (03 private)
  • Hospital beds: 131
  • Infant mortality in 2000: 21.55
  • Schools: 52
  • Students: 18,765

High quality of life[edit]

Caldas Novas is one of the best places to live in the state of Goiás. In the United Nations Human Development Index Caldas Novas had a rating of 0.802,which ranked it 10 out of a total of 242 municipalities in the state of Goiás. Nationally it was ranked 533 out of 5,507 municipalities. For the complete list see Frigoletto

Information about the hot water of Caldas Novas[edit]

In Caldas Novas there are 86 active wells, pumping an average of 1,200 m³ an hour, in a period of 14 daily hours. The temperature of the water varies between 34 and 57 °C.

The first references to the hot water of this region were published in Spain in 1545. In 1722, Bartolomeu Bueno da Silva, son of the famous bandeirante, Anhangüera, turning off the trail blazed by his father years before, discovered the thermal springs that form the Rio Quente. These were called Caldas Velhas and were located in the place where the Rio Quente Resorts is now located.

The most important study about the thermal ism of Caldas Novas and the Rio Quente was carried out by the state enterprise Furnas Centrais Elétricas, due to the possible influence of the Usina Hidrelétrica Corumbá I dam on the thermal water table of the region, which would be under the risk of cooling. According to Furnas, the phenomenon of the hot water is produced by peculiar geological and topographic characteristics. For years it was thought that a volcano had existed in the area in whose crater rainwater infiltrated, heating at great depths and then returning to the surface by way of cracks in the rock. More modern studies show that there is no indication of volcanic activity in the region, this theory reinforced by the elliptical form of the Serra de Caldas shown in a satellite photo [1] Studies show that the water is formed by rainfall that is stored in a layer of quartzite and due to pressure is sent to the surface in a column 600 meters. See Rio Quente.com

The suspicion that the cold water of the reservoir of Usina Corumbá I could infiltrate the thermal watertable of Caldas Novas and Rio Quente has no basis, since the waters of the lake are at an elevation of 595 meters, well below the source of the water, at 644 meters.

Another great attraction of Caldas Novas is Ecotourism, since the city is located near the Corumbá River and the Serra de Caldas where there is a natural park - Parque Estadual de Caldas Novas. In the surrounding area there is a lake - Lago de Piratininga - with boiling water; a reservoir called Lago de Corumbá with 64 square kilometers damming the Corumbá; and another river - the Rio Quente - which has natural warm water.

Rio Quente[edit]

One of the largest hotwater resort complexes in the world - Rio Quente Resorts - is located 20 kilometers to the west of Caldas in the municipality of Rio Quente. With seven hotels, a convention center, and 500 square kilometres of space it receives more than 1 million tourists a year.

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See also[edit]

List of municipalities in Goiás