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    The hydraulic engineering building at the Universidade Federal do Ceará in Fortaleza.

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    International Engineering and Design students posing in front of the Castanhao Dam.

  • September

    The state of Ceara is a place of contrasts: palm trees, sugar cane, cactus, and small freshwater lagoons separated from the sea by endless sand dunes.

  • October

    The semi-arid conditions in Ceara mean that rivers can become stratified like a lake during the summer season. Students collect a sample from Rio Pacati near the Aquiaz water treatment plant to measure cyanobacteria concentrations.

  • November

    A lack of sanitation can be a major contributor to water quality issues anywhere in the world. Bioseptic tanks are used in Batoque, Aquinoz (shown here supporting the growth of small banana trees) instead of traditional septic tanks. The bioseptic tanks cost less, use less space, and can be more effective compared to traditional septic tanks.

  • December

    Every international Engineering and Design class trip includes some time for recreation such as this dune buggy trip along the beaches of Morro Branco.

  • January

    There have been widespread efforts to install ground water-based rural water systems throughout the state of Ceara. However, shallow hand dug wells such as this one in Cascavel-Tijucussu as still used for watering plants and, sometimes, as drinking water.

  • February

    The Port of Pecem includes typical port facilities plus a steel mill, coal-fired power plant, and petroleum refinery. The Port also has an experimental renewable energy system called a wave turbine.

  • March

    The Fortaleza metropolitan area relies on a system of surface water reservoirs to provide water to approximately 2.8 million people. The largest reservoir in the system, Castanhao, like many of the others, is used for fish (tilapia) farming.

  • July

    The students collected water samples from throughout the Fortaleza area to generate data for their cyanobacteria studies. Here they collect samples from Lagoa de Parangaba within Fortaleza city limits.

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