Brazil, a country not known for being an introvert, is currently building Belo Monte Dam, the world's biggest hydropower plant in the Amazon basin.
Day and night, some 20,000 laborers are working at the Xingu river, digging a canal about 12 miles long to funnel water to the site of the main power plant. (According to Forbes magazine, "the vast majority of workers building the Belo Monte dam say labor conditions are good to excellent.") At the plant, dozens of excavators dig down through about 230 feet of rock. When complete (projected to be 2019) Brazil will have the world’s third-largest hydroelectric dam. Norte Energia, the managing firm, has hired a second tier of Brazil’s big construction companies to complete the project.
Everything about Belo Monte is BIG, from its $14.4 billion price tag to the earthworks— enough rock and soil excvated to fill the Panama Canal. And there's this. (Warning: this video freaked out the Terminator, Bruce Lee, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.)
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