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How the worst disaster in Brazilian history happened

How the worst disaster in Brazilian history happened
The Mariana tragedy was the worst environmental disaster in Brazilian history

This series about the Mariana disaster was originally published by Brio, in Portuguese. It was translated by Gustavo Ribeiro and edited by Christine Bootes


Chapter 1: Shaking Ground

Renato was happy. He had just found a new job as a truck driver for a contractor under Samarco. A joint venture between the Brazilian Vale and the Anglo-Australian firm BHP Billiton, Samarco is one of Brazil’s largest and most famous mining companies. He had heard that it was a different company. This wasn’t one of those mining sites where you would go, not knowing for sure if you would...

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