Formosa do Rio Preto

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Formosa do Rio Preto
Municipality
The Municipality of Formosa do Rio Preto
Localization of the city
Localization of the city
Coordinates: 11°02′52″S 45°11′34″W / 11.04778°S 45.19278°W / -11.04778; -45.19278Coordinates: 11°02′52″S 45°11′34″W / 11.04778°S 45.19278°W / -11.04778; -45.19278
Country Brazil
Region Northeast
State Bahia
Founded December 22, 1961
Government
 • Mayor Manoel Afonso de Araujo (PMN)
Area
 • Total 16,185.171 km2 (6,249.129 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 21,827
 • Density 1.3/km2 (3/sq mi)
  [1]
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
HDI (2000) 0.646 – medium[2]

Formosa do Rio Preto is the westernmost and largest (by area) city in the Brazilian state of Bahia. It is also the largest in all Northeastern Brazil.

The municipality contains part of the 707,079 hectares (1,747,230 acres) Serra Geral do Tocantins Ecological Station, a strictly protected conservation unit created in 2001 to preserve an area of cerrado.[3] It also contains part of the 724,324 hectares (1,789,840 acres) Nascentes do Rio Parnaíba National Park, created in 2002.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IBGE 2008 statistics
  2. ^ [1] UNDP
  3. ^ Unidade de Conservação: Estação Ecológica Serra Geral do Tocantins (in Portuguese), MMA: Ministério do Meio Ambiente, retrieved 2016-05-28 
  4. ^ Unidade de Conservação: Parque Nacional das Nascentes do Rio Parnaíba (in Portuguese), MMA: Ministério do Meio Ambiente, retrieved 2016-05-01