Infobox Brazilian State
name = State of Roraima
capital = Boa Vista
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largest_city = Boa Vista
demonym = Roraimense
leader_name2 = José de Anchieta Júnior
area = 224,298.98
area_magnitude = 1 E11
area_rank = 14th
population_estimate = 403,344
population_estimate_rank = 24th
population_estimate_year = 2006
population_census = 392,255
population_census_year = 2005
population_density = 1.8
population_density_rank = 27th
GDP = R$ 3,179,000,000
GDP_rank = 27th
GDP_year = 2005
GDP_per_capita = R$ 8,123
GDP_per_capita_rank = 14th
HDI = 0.750
HDI_rank = 17th
HDI_year = 2005
abbreviation = BR-RR
time_zone = BRT
utc_offset = -4
time_zone_DST = BRST
utc_offset_DST = -2
Roraima (pronounced|ʁoˈrajma or IPA| [ʁoˈrãjma] [In
Brazilian Portuguese. The European Portuguesepronunciation is IPA| [hoˈɾajmɐ] .] ) is the northernmost and least populated state of Brazil, located in the Amazon region.
The climate is tropical with an annual mean temperature of 26°C (78.8°F). Most of the state is located in the
Amazon rainforest, with a small strip of savannato the east. The state is rich in mineral deposits - especially gold, diamonds, cassiterite, bauxite, marbleand copper. Many of these deposits are located in indigenous reserves, and illegal mining has resulted in frequent conflicts with the native population, especially that of the Yanomamiand the Macuxiand allied groups.
Monte Roraima National Parkis located around one of the highest mountains of Venezuela, a 2,727 m high tepuiknown as Monte Roraima.
Except in the higher mountains where the climate is cooler but very wet, Roraima has an
equatorial climate. This is a type of tropical climatein which there is no dry season– all months have mean precipitationvalues of at least 60 mm. It is usually found at latitudes within five degrees of the equator– which are dominated by the Intertropical Convergence Zone. The equatorial climate is denoted "Af" in the Köppen climate classification. Tropical rainforestis the natural vegetation in equatorial regions. clearleft
The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining
rainforests and comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforestin the world. Wet tropical forests are the most species-rich biome, and tropical forests in the Americasare consistently more species rich than the wet forests in Africaand Asia.Turner, I.M. 2001. "The ecology of trees in the tropical rain forest". Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0-521-80183-4] As the largest tract of tropical rainforest in the Americas, the Amazonian rainforests have unparalleled biodiversity. More than 1/3 of all species in the world live in the Amazon Rainforest. [ [http://www.worldwildlife.org/wildplaces/amazon/index.cfm Amazon Rainforest, Amazon Plants, Amazon River Animals] ] clearleft
Since the beginnings of the 16th century, the region now considered the state of Roraima was disputed territory, because of its rich
mineralreserves. It was sought by the Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and English until the beginning of the last century. But in 1943, together with a section from the state of Amazonas, the Federal Governmentcreated the territory of Branco River, which became Roraima in 1962. In 1988, Roraima became a state by decision of the National Congress. The name of the state was taken from Monte Roraima, whose name comes from the Pemonwords “roroi” (“cyan”) and “ma” (“large”).
According to the
IBGEof 2007, there were 405,000 people residing in the state. The population density was 1.8 inh./km². Urbanization: 80.3% (2004); Population growth: 4.6% (1991-2000); Houses: 97,465 (2005). [Source: PNAD.]
The last PNAD (National Research for Sample of Domiciles) census revealed the following numbers: 278,000
Pardo(Brown) people (68.8%), 81,000 White people (20.0%), 29,000 Black people (7.4%), 15,000 Asian or Amerindian people (3.8%). [cite book|url=ftp://ftp.ibge.gov.br/Indicadores_Sociais/Sintese_de_Indicadores_Sociais_2007/Tabelas|title=Síntese de Indicadores Sociais 2007|publisher= IBGE|location=Roraima, Brazil|format=PDF|isbn=85-240-3919-1|accessdate=2007-07-18|year=2007|language=Portuguese]
The Brazilian Indian agency, (FUNAI) estimates the state's indigenous population at 30,715. [ [http://www.funai.gov.br FUNAI] ] The largest indigenous groups are the
Macuxi(16,500) [http://www.socioambiental.org/pib/epi/verbetinho/comfoto/macuxi.htm] and the better-known Yanomami. (11,700) [http://www.socioambiental.org/pib/epienglish/yanomami/yanomami.shtm.] Much of the state's indigenous population lives in several large, legally recognized indigenous reserves and a number of smaller ones, totalling 46.13% of the land area of the state. [http://www.socioambiental.org/e/nsa/detalhe?id=2669]
Vehicles: 74,181 (March/2007); Mobile phones: 148,000 (April/2007); Telephones: 67,000 (April/2007); Cities: 15 (2007). [Source: IBGE.]
service sectoris the largest component of GDPat 87.5%, followed by the industrial sectorat 8.7%. Agriculturerepresents 3.8%, of GDP(2004). Roraima exports: wood74%, leather22.6% (2002). Share of the Brazilian economy: 0.1% (2005).
* Universidade Federal de Roraima (UFRR) (Federal University of Roraima);
* Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Roraima (Cefet-RR);
* Faculdade de Ciências Humanas, Biológicas e da Saúde (FCHBS);
* Faculdade de Teologia de Boa Vista (Fatebov);
* Faculdade Roraimense de Ensino Superior (Fares);
* Faculdades Cathedral - Boa Vista (Cathedral-Boa Vista);
* and many others.
Boa Vista International Airportwas opened on February 19, 1973, and underwent its first big remodeling in 1998. The passenger terminal, runway and apron were all enlarged, and a separate taxiwaywas built. The airporthas the capacity to receive 675,000 passengers a year in total comfortand security.
The blue of the flag represents the pure air and the sky of Roraima, the white strip symbolizes peace, and the green to the right represents the forests and fields. The star - symbolizing the state in the national flag of Brazil - is yellow, which symbolizes the mineral resources of the state. The red line in bottom stands for the
equator, which cuts through the state. The flag was designed by the artist Mário Barreto, and was adopted by Law No.133 of June 14, 1996.
*pt icon [http://www.rr.gov.br Official Website]
*en icon [http://www.braziltour.com/site/gb/home/index.php Brazilian Tourism Portal]
*The similarly spelled "Roraimia is also the generic name for the
Roraiman Barbtail, a South American bird.
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