Hérault (river)

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L'Hérault  (French)
Bridge and aqueduct over Hérault river near Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, seen from Pont du Diable, Hérault, France - 20050308.jpg
A bridge and aqueduct over the Hérault near Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, as seen from Pont du Diable
Hérault (fleuve).png
Physical characteristics
 - locationMont Aigoual Cévennes
 - locationMediterranean Sea
 - coordinates43°16′57″N 3°26′39″E / 43.28250°N 3.44417°E / 43.28250; 3.44417Coordinates: 43°16′57″N 3°26′39″E / 43.28250°N 3.44417°E / 43.28250; 3.44417
Length147.6 km (91.7 mi)
Basin size2,900 km2 (1,100 sq mi)
 - average50 m3/s (1,800 cu ft/s)

The Hérault (Occitan: Erau) is a river in southern France that flows into the Mediterranean Sea. The Hérault department is named after this river.

Geography[change | change source]

The Hérault river has a length of 147.6 km (91.7 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of 2,582 km2 (997 sq mi) of which 64.8% are forests and 32.0% are used for farming.[1]

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 41.9 m3/s (1,480 cu ft/s) at Agde, near its mouth.[2]

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Agden

Course[change | change source]

The Hérault starts in the Col de Prat Peyrot on the Mont Aigoual, in the Cévennes, southeastern Massif Central, in the commune of Valleraugue, Gard department, at an altitude of about 1,370 m (4,495 ft).[3]

The Hérault flows to the south, in general, and passes through the Gard and Hérault, in the Occitanie region, and a total of 43 communes, most of them in the Hérault department:[1]

Finally, it flows into the Mediterranean Sea in Agde, in the Hérault department.[4]

Main tributaries[change | change source]

The Hérault river at Agden

The main tributaries of the Hérault river are:[1]

Gallery[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "L'Hérault (Y2--0200)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. "L'Hérault à Agde [Bassin Rond]" (in French). Banque Hydro. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  3. "Source du l'Hérault" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  4. "Confluence du l'Hérault" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

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