Covering nearly half the surface of South America, and with half the continent's 140 million population, Brazil was the world's fourth largest nation (after Russia, China, Canada) until the U.S. added Alaska. With no deserts, tundra or rugged mountains, the nation is 80% rolling plateau, has the third greatest expanse of arable land on earth, more than all of Europe. But Brazil's potential is not yet scratched:

∙ It has the world's greatest hydroelectric potential, some 80 million kw.; yet installed capacity so far is only 5,000,000 kw., not quite enough to light the New York City area.

∙ With 16% of the...

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