Mato Grosso Plateau

Portuguese  Planalto De Matto Grosso  

      part of the Brazilian Highlands of inland Brazil. It is an ancient erosional plateau that occupies much of central Mato Grosso estado (state) and extends from the border of Goiás state westward to the Serra dos Parecis, which lies near the Bolivian border. In the south it gives way to floodplains called the Pantanal; this area consists of often-inundated but rich grazing lands that make up a basin of the upper Paraguay and Cuiabá rivers. The Mato Grosso Plateau, with an average elevation of approximately 2,000 feet (600 m) above sea level, forms the divide between the Amazon River basin to the north and the Paraguay River basin to the south. The plateau is covered with a mixture of savanna grasslands and woodland. The area was explored and partially settled by 17th-century miners, who combed the region in search of gold, diamonds, and other minerals. Although mining is still important in portions of the Mato Grosso Plateau, the primary economic activity is cattle raising. The transportation network is poorly developed, although there are a few highways. Cuiabá, the state capital of Mato Grosso, is the principal urban centre.

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