American Pictures/ Tony Morrison
Pará state: Carajás is one of the world's largest
mining operations. It is located in the Serra dos Carajás,
a beautiful range of hills in eastern Amazonia. Discovered in 1968
when a mining survey crew made an emergency helicopter landing,
Carajás is reckoned to have 18 billion tons of iron-ore,
sufficient to guarantee production for another 400 years, and vast
deposits of gold, manganese, copper and nickel.