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Ilha Grande Praia Recifes

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Ilha Grande(literal translation: Big Island) is an island located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, and part of the municipality of angra dos Reis. The island is largely undeveloped and noted for its scenic beauty, which includes tropical beaches, luxuriant vegetation and a rugged landscape. The land area is 193 km² and the highest point is Pico da Pedra D'Água, at 1031 m. It once held a notorious prison, now closed.

The seas around the island, which are also protected, feature a unique convergence of tropical, subtropical, and temperate-zone marine life, and may be the only waters in the world where it is possible to see corals and tropical fish.

Text:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilha_Grande

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