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Governador Valadares

Full nameGovernador Valadares
StateMinas Gerais
MesoregionVale do Rio Doce
MayorElisa Maria Costa
Total Area909.2 sq mi (2355.4 km2)
Elevation557.7 ft (170 m)
Total Population260405 (2006)
Density (pop.)98.38/km2 (254.8/sq mi)

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Governador Valadares is a Brazilian city in the state of Minas Gerais. In 2006, its population was 260,405 inhabitants.

It is an economical center of the middle Valley of the Rio Doce, making a significant influence on the east and northeast of Minas Gerais and local authorities of the state of the Espírito Santo. Governador Valadares sits on the bank of the Rio Doce, 324 km from Belo Horizonte.

The main watercourse through the municipality is the Doce River ("Doce" means sweet in Portuguese) whose basin (of 83,500 square kilometers) is composed of 222 municipalities. Nowadays its waters are very polluted, with little vegetation on its banks and depleted fish stocks.

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