National Geographic : 1978 Feb
This explains the Brazilian quest for nu clear power. Below green coastal hills near Rio I drove a new, winding, bayside high way, where succulent trees comb water from clouds, to Angra dos Reis, where nine thou sand hard hats were building a domed tank that resembles both a refinery and a capitol (page 260). This is the Adm. Alvaro Alberto Nuclear Center, equipped by Westinghouse - with United States approval-for uranium powered generation of electricity. Commer cial production starts this year. That's phase one. Phases two and three of the huge complex will be installed by West Germany-over the objection of U. S. diplo mats, since the process involves plutonium and its possibly explosive by-products. The quarrel between the Carter Administration and the military regime that governs Brazil itself seemed explosive. "But our energy crisis gives us no choice," a student insists, Sporting mania: The national passion for futebol, or soccer, draws standing-room only crowds to Rio's 180,000-seat Maracani. stadium (above). To protect players and referees from zealots in the stands, the playing field is encircled by a deep moat. Fans (left)in all shades of excitement and color cheer and ponder the action. Though Brazil was the last nation in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery, class lines have usually been drawn according to economic status rather than race.