Indre (river)

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L'Indre  (French)
L'Indre à Rigny-Ussé.jpg
The Indre near Rigny-Ussé
Physical characteristics
 - locationnear Préveranges, Cher
 - elevation504 m (1,654 ft)
 - locationLoire
 - coordinates47°14′2″N 0°11′0″E / 47.23389°N 0.18333°E / 47.23389; 0.18333Coordinates: 47°14′2″N 0°11′0″E / 47.23389°N 0.18333°E / 47.23389; 0.18333
Length279.3 km (173.5 mi)
Basin size3,462 km2 (1,337 sq mi)
 - average19 m3/s (670 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionLoireAtlantic Ocean

The Indre is a river in central France, left tributary to the Loire River. The Indre and Indre-et-Loire departments are named after this river.

Geography[change | change source]

The Indre river has a length of 279.3 km (173.5 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of 3,428 km2 (1,324 sq mi) of which 18.29% are forests and 77.86% 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 18.7 m3/s (660 cu ft/s) at Lignières-de-Touraine, Indre-et-Loire.[2]

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Lignières-de-Touraine

Course[change | change source]

The Indre starts in the Monts de Saint-Marien, southwestern Massif Central, in the commune of Saint-Priest-la-Marche, in the south of the Cher department near the border with the Creuse department, at an altitude of about 405 m (1,329 ft).[3]

The Indre flows to the northwest, and passes through the Indre and Indre-et-Loire departments, in the Centre-Val de Loire region, and a total of 58 communes, most of them in the Indre department; the main communes are:[1]

Finally, it flows into the Loire River in Avoine, in the Indre-et-Loire department.[4]

Main tributaries[change | change source]

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

Gallery[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "L'Indre (K7--0260)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  2. "L'Indre à Lignières-de-Touraine (Marnay)" (in French). Banque Hydro. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  3. "Source de l'Indre" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  4. "Confluence de l'Indre" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 25 July 2017.