Brazil's Top 11 Resource Riches

- 2012-03-22T15:33:50Z

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Rising consumption of aluminum, used in products from beer cans to airplane wings, has climbed with the rise of middle classes in China, Brazil and the Middle East. Alcoa Inc., the biggest U.S. producer, said it expects demand for the metal to double by 2020. World production increased by 8 percent last year.

Brazil has the third-largest reserves of bauxite, the clay-like rock used to make aluminum, after Guinea and Australia. The South American country produced about 31 million tons of bauxite last year and has reserves of 3.6 billion tons, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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