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Xingu (zĬng-gōō´, Port. shēng-gōō´), river, 1,230 mi (1,979 km) long, rising in central Mato Grosso state, Brazil, and winding north across Pará state into the Amazon River at the head of the Amazon delta. The Xingu, with many rapids and falls, passes through wild, partly unexplored country, and only in its lower course is it navigable. Pioneers have pushed into the area and have settled farms in the forest. The Brazilian government built a hydroelectric project along the river in the 1970s.

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Xingu

Xingu Brazilian river, rising in central Mato Grosso state. It flows n for 1979km (1230mi) and empties into the River Amazon at its delta. It courses through rainforest and is navigable only in its lower reaches. The area focused international attention on the plight of Native Americans when a government proposal to dam the Xingu meant the flooding of tribal land. The dam and hydroelectric scheme, costing US$3.2 billion, finished in December 1994.

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