Paulo Afonso Falls
|Paulo Afonso Falls|
An 1850 painting of the falls
|Total height||275 feet|
|Number of drops||3|
|Watercourse||São Francisco River|
Paulo Afonso Falls (Portuguese: Cachoeira de Paulo Afonso) is a series of waterfalls on the São Francisco River in the north-east of Brazil adjacent to the city of Paulo Afonso. They stand up to 275 feet (84 m) high. Upstream of the falls, a hydroelectric dam, the Hidrelétrica de Angiquinho (the first hydroelectric plant in northeastern Brazil) blocks the flow of the river. Prior to the damming of the river, the average water flow over the falls was over 100,000 cu ft/s (2,800 m3/s), and floods exceeded 500,000 cu ft/s (14,000 m3/s).
The Paulo Afonso Hydroelectric Complex that grew from the original plant was known as Complexo Hidrelétrico de Paulo Afonso in Portuguese, or locally simply as Paulo Afonso. This, and later plants, such as the Hidrelétrica de Xingó downstream, near the town of Piranhas, Alagoas, provide much of the region with electric power.
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- "Paulo Afonso, Bahia (Brazil)". Retrieved 2009-02-15.
- "Encyclopædia Britannica- Paulo Afonso Falls". Retrieved 2009-02-15.
- Wikipédia (Portuguese): Complexo Hidrelétrico de Paulo Afonso
- Usina Hidrelétrica de Xingó - Piranhas/AL
- "Entremontes and Piranhas- Rio São Francisco". Retrieved 2009-02-15.
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