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The Paraíba do Sul (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁiu pɐɾɐˈibɐ du ˈsuw]), or simply termed Paraíba, is a river in southeast Brazil. It flows 1,137 km (706 mi) west to northeast from its farthest source at the source of the river Paraitinga to the sea near Campos dos Goytacazes. The river receives its name when it meets the river Paraibuna at the Paraibuna dam.
|Rio Paraíba do Sul|
|state||São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro|
|Atlantic Ocean, Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, Brazil|
|0 m (0 ft)|
|Length||1,137 km (706 mi)|
Its main tributaries are the rivers Jaguari, Buquira, Paraibuna, Preto, Pomba and Muriaé. These last two are the longest and join the main river 140 km (87 mi) and 50 km (31 mi) from the mouth respectively .
The valley of the Paraíba do Sul ranges from the latitudes 20°26' and 23°39'S and the longitudes of 41° and 46°30'W and covers an area of about 57,000 km2 (22,000 sq mi) distributed over three states. The main economic activities are industry and cattle raising.
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