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By Jaylan Boyle, Senior Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - A series of dams designed to tap the vast hydro-electric potential of the Amazon region are just one facet of the largest ever concerted effort to transform the fortunes of this traditionally impoverished area.

The Belo Monte dam program is just one of several planned in the near future, despite the disruption of some indigenous people like the tribes along the Xangu River.

Roading, gas pipelines and power facilities are all planned to create more stable infrastructure for some of the country's poorest citizens, but many disparate parties are affected . . .

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