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Abaeté River

Summary
The Abaeté River is a river of Minas Gerais state in southeastern Brazil. Its origin is in the Serra da Canastra, about north of São Gotardo and it passes through São Gonçalo do Abaeté. The river runs nearly north and empties into the São Francisco River, the confluence being located at . The Pontal area at the Abaeté River mouth is an important spawning site for fish. Geography The Abaeté flows for and its width varies between to . It is a rock-bottomed highland river, containing clay sediments. It traverses through nine municipalities in Minas Gerais:
  • São Gotardo
  • Rio Paranaíba
  • Matutina
  • Arapuá
  • Tiros
  • Carmo do Paranaíba
  • Patos de Minas
  • Varjão de Minas
  • São Gonçalo do Abaeté
Geology Noted for its diamond mines, diamonds were first discovered in the river during the period of 1780-85. Several of the largest diamonds found in Brazil originated here, though medium or low quality stones are more common. A diamond, known as the Abaeté brilliant, was
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