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Salto Grande, Uruguay River, Rio Negro, nutrients, minerals

The country’s principal resources are agricultural; minerals are scarce. Except for the sandy, marshy soils along the eastern coast, the soils are generally very fertile. A lush grass cover provides ample supplies of organic matter, and moderate, evenly distributed rainfall prevents excessive leaching, which can wash nutrients out of soil. Hydroelectric power is of major importance in Uruguay. The principal hydroelectric power plant is Salto Grande on the Uruguay River; two other plants are in operation on the Rio Negro, and another, on the Brazilian border, was constructed during the 1980s. The electric power industry is under the control of the government.



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Salto Grande, Uruguay River, Rio Negro, nutrients, minerals, plants, eastern coast, operation, government, control

 
 

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