Lena River

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Lena River (Лена, Zülge,Өлүөнэ)
Lena watershed.png
Lena watershed
Country Russia
 - left Kirenga, Vilyuy
 - right Vitim, Olyokma, Aldan
 - location Baikal Mountains, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia
 - elevation 1,640 m (5,381 ft)
Mouth Lena Delta
 - location Arctic Ocean, Laptev Sea
Length 4,472 km (2,779 mi)
Basin 2,500,000 km² (965,255 sq mi)
Discharge for Laptev Sea[1]
 - average 16,871 /s (595,794 cu ft/s)
 - max 241,000 /s (8,510,835 cu ft/s)
 - min 366 /s (12,925 cu ft/s)

The Lena River is a river in Siberia, flowing into the Arctic Ocean. With a length of 4,472 km (2,779 mi), it is the tenth longest river in the world. With a watershed size of 2,500,000 km2 (970,000 sq mi), it has the nineth largest watershed.

The Lena begins in the Baikal Mountains, a mountain range in central Siberia, at a point 11 km (6.8 mi) west of Lake Baikal. The Lena flows northeast. Some of its major tributaries are the Kirenga, Vitim, Oylokma, Aldan, and Vilyuy rivers. It empties into the Laptev Sea, a branch of the Arctic Ocean.

The name "Lena" comes from the word, Elyu-Ene, meaning "The Large River". The word comes from the Evenks, a people of Northern Asia.

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The mouth of the Lena River.

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  1. http://www.abratsev.narod.ru/biblio/sokolov/p1ch23b.html, Sokolov, Eastern Siberia // Hydrography of USSR. (in russian)

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