Dordogne (river)

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Dordogne
La Dordogne
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The Dordogne in Périgord, near Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
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Location of the Dordogne in France
Location
CountryFrance
Physical characteristics
Source 
 - locationMassif Central
 - elevation1,720 m (5,640 ft)
Mouth 
 - locationGironde estuary
 - coordinates45°2′29″N 0°36′24″W / 45.04139°N 0.60667°W / 45.04139; -0.60667 (Gironde-Dordogne)Coordinates: 45°2′29″N 0°36′24″W / 45.04139°N 0.60667°W / 45.04139; -0.60667 (Gironde-Dordogne)
Length483 km (300 mi)
Basin size23,870 km2 (9,220 sq mi)
Discharge 
 - average450 m3/s (16,000 cu ft/s)

The Dordogne (Occitan: Dordonha) is a river in south-central and southwest France. The Dordogne river and its drainage basin was named as a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO on 11 July 2012.[1]

Geography[change | change source]

The Dordogne has a length of 483 km (300.1 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 23,957 km2 (9,250 sq mi).[2]

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 274 cubic metres per second at Bergerac.[3]

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Bergerac (1958-2011)[3]

Course[change | change source]

The Dordogne river at Bergerac

The Dordogne starts on the sides of the Puy de Sancy, Massif Central, in the commune of Mont-Dore, Puy-de-Dôme department, at an elevation of about 1,380 m (4,528 ft).[4]

It flows generally west through the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and the Dordogne department before flowing into the Gironde where it joins, in the north of the city of Bordeaux, the Garonne river to form the Gironde estuary, at about 1 m (3 ft) of altitude.[5]

The Dordogne flows through 4 regions, 6 departments and 173 communes.[2] The main communes are:

Main tributaries[change | change source]

The main tributaries (more than 50 km long) of the Dordogne river are:

Gallery[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bassin de la Dordogne (France)". UNESCO. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "La Dordogne (P---0000)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "La Dordogne à Bergerac" (in French). Banque Hydro. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  4. "Source de la Dordogne" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  5. "Confluence de la Dordogne" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  6. "Rivière La Rhue (P0--0250)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  7. "La Maronne (P1--0250)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  8. "La Cère (P1--0290)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  9. "Le Céou (P24-0400)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  10. "Le Chavanon (P00-0400)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  11. "La Diège (P07-0400)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  12. "La Triouzoune (P09-0400)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  13. "La Luzège (P11-0400)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  14. "Le Doustre (P13-0400)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  15. "La Vézère (P---0100)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  16. "L'Isle (P---0150)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 17 April 2015.

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