Iquê Ecological Station

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Iquê Ecological Station
Estação Ecológica do Iquê
Map showing the location of Iquê Ecological Station
Map showing the location of Iquê Ecological Station
Location in Brazil
Nearest city Vilhena, Rondônia
Coordinates 11°57′18″S 59°15′25″W / 11.955°S 59.257°W / -11.955; -59.257Coordinates: 11°57′18″S 59°15′25″W / 11.955°S 59.257°W / -11.955; -59.257
Area 215,969 hectares (533,670 acres)
Designation Ecological station
Created 2 June 1981

Iquê Ecological Station (Portuguese: Estação Ecológica do Iquê) is an ecological station in the Juína municipality of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Location[edit]

The 215,969 hectares (533,670 acres) Ecological Station is in the Cerrado biome. It was created on 2 June 1981 and is administered by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation.[1] A reduction of 56,000 hectares (140,000 acres) from the initial area was made by agreement with the Fundação Nacional do Índio in view of the indigenous area of the Enauenê-Nauê people.[2] The conservation unit is in the Juína municipality of Mato Grosso.[3]

Conservation[edit]

The Ecological Station is a "strict nature reserve" under IUCN protected area category Ia.[3] It was established to protect a sample of the ecosystem of the transition from the Amazon to the Cerrado.[2] The climate is warm and humid, with average temperatures above 28 °C (82 °F). Annual rainfall is about 2,300 millimetres (91 in). The terrain is relatively flat. The ecology is under threat from diamond prospecting, which causes deforestation and pollution of the rivers.[2]

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