Vézère

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Coordinates: 44°52′53″N 0°53′28″E / 44.88139°N 0.89111°E / 44.88139; 0.89111
Vézère
River
Vezere01.jpg
Bridge over the Vézère in Montignac.
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Departments Corrèze, Dordogne
Communes Brive-la-Gaillarde, Montignac
Tributaries
 - left Brézou, Corrèze
 - right Bradascou, Loyre
Cities Brive-la-Gaillarde, Montignac
Source Meymac
 - location Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
 - elevation 900 m (2,953 ft)
 - coordinates 45°35′2″N 0°53′28″E / 45.58389°N 0.89111°E / 45.58389; 0.89111
Confluence Dordogne
 - location Limeuil, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
 - elevation m (16 ft)
 - coordinates 44°52′53″N 0°53′28″E / 44.88139°N 0.89111°E / 44.88139; 0.89111
Length 211.2 km (131 mi)
Basin 3,736 km² (1,442 sq mi)
Discharge for Campagne
 - average 57.7 /s (2,038 cu ft/s)
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The Vézère (Occitan: Vesera) is a river of southwestern France that flows through the Corrèze and Dordogne, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is a right tributary of the Dordogne river.

The valley of the Vézère river is known for its prehistoric cave systems, with numerous cave paintings. UNESCO collectively designated these as a World Heritage Site in 1979.

Geography[change | change source]

The Vézère has a length of 211.2 km (131.2 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 9,656 km2 (3,728 sq mi).[1]

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 57.7 m3/s (2,040 cu ft/s) at Campagne in the Dordogne department.[2]

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Campagne (1968-2017)[2]

Course[change | change source]

The Vézère starts in the Plateau de Millevaches, part of the Massif Central, in the commune of Meymac, Corrèze department, at an elevation of about 900 m (2,953 ft).[3]

It flows generally southwest through the Corrèze and Dordogne departments before flowing into the Dordogne river in Limeuil at about 5 m (16 ft) of altitude.[4]

The Vézère flows through 1 region, 2 departments and 53 communes.[1] The main communes are:

Main tributaries[change | change source]

The main tributaries (more than 20 km long) of the Vézère river are:

  • Left tributaries
  • Right tributaries
    • Soudaine - 25.8 km;[8]
    • Bradascou - 33 km;[9]
    • Loyre - 45.3 km;[10]

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "La Vézère (P---0100)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "La Vézère à Campagne" (in French). Banque Hydro. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  3. "Sources de la Vézère" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  4. "Confluence de la Vézère" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  5. "Rivière d'Ars (P3010530)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  6. "Le Brézou (P31-0430)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  7. "La Corrèze (P3--0250)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  8. "La Soudaine (P30-0400)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  9. "Le Bradascou (P31-0400)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  10. "La Loyre (P32-0400)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 

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