|• elevation||± 2,400 m (7,900 ft)|
|Length||163 km (101 mi)|
|Basin size||3,860 km2 (1,490 sq mi)|
|• average||65 m3/s (2,300 cu ft/s)|
|Progression||Garonne→ Gironde estuary→ Atlantic Ocean|
The Ariège (Occitan : Arièja, Catalan : Arieja) is a 163 km long river in southern France, right tributary of the Garonne. Its source is in the Pyrenees, where it forms part of the border with Andorra. It flows north through the following towns in two departments:
Its longest tributaries are the Hers-Vif and the Lèze. It flows into the Garonne in Portet-sur-Garonne, south of Toulouse.Taken literally, the Latin origin of the river's name, Aurigera, indicates it to be a source of gold.
The Garonne is a river of southwest France and northern Spain. It flows from the central Spanish Pyrenees to the Gironde estuary at the French port of Bordeaux – a length of 529 km (329 mi), of which 47 km (29 mi) is in Spain ; the total length extends to 602 km (374 mi) if one includes the Gironde estuary between the river and the sea. Its basin area is 56,000 km2 (22,000 sq mi), which increases to 84,811 km2 (32,746 sq mi) if the Dordogne River, which flows from the east and joins the Garonne at Bec d'Ambès to form the Gironde estuary, is included.
Ariège is a department in southwestern France, located in the region of Occitanie. It is named after the river Ariège and its capital is Foix. Ariège is known for its rural landscape, with a population of 153,067 as of 2016. Its INSEE and postal code is 09, hence the department's informal name of le zéro neuf. The inhabitants of the department are known as Ariègeois or Ariègeoises.
The Aude is a river of southern France that is 224 kilometres (139 mi) long. Its source is in the Pyrenees mountains then runs to Carcassonne and finally reaches the Mediterranean Sea near Narbonne. The river is navigable by raft or canoe for nearly all of its length. It is registered as essential to the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
The Tarn is a 380.2-kilometre (236.2 mi) long river in the administrative region of Occitanie in southern France. It is a right tributary of the Garonne.
The Gers is a 175-kilometre (109 mi) long river in southern France, left tributary of the Garonne.
The Baïse is a 188-kilometre (117 mi) long river in south-western France, left tributary of the Garonne. Its source is in the foothills of the Pyrenees, near Lannemezan. It flows north through the following départements and towns:
The Volp is a 40-kilometre-long (25 mi) river of southwestern France. It is a right tributary of the Garonne, which it joins upstream of Cazères, Haute-Garonne. A flood in 1993 ruined a marginal amount of cropland.
The Hers-Vif, also named Grand Hers or simply Hers, is a 135-kilometre (84 mi) long river in southern France, right tributary of the Ariège.
Ax-les-Thermes is a commune in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of south-western France.
The Salat is a river in southern France, a right tributary of the Garonne. It is 74.1 km (46.0 mi) long. It rises in nine points above the hamlet Salau in the municipality Couflens, on the slopes of Mont Rouch, central Pyrenees. The former Gascon province of Couserans is based on its valley.
The Hers-Mort is a 89.3-kilometre (55.5 mi) long river in southern France, a right-bank tributary of the Garonne. Its average flow rate is 4 cubic metres per second (140 cu ft/s). The Hers-Mort rises in the Lauragais region, near the village Fonters-du-Razès, in the Aude department. It flows northwest through the following departments and towns:
The Arize is a river of France, a right tributary of the Garonne. It arises at 1,355 in the massif of Arize, in the Pyrenees, in the department of Ariège. It is 83.8 km (52.1 mi) long. It flows into the Garonne at Carbonne.
The Alet is a river in southwestern France. The river is a right tributary of the Salat. The total length is 19.6 km (12.2 mi) from its source in the Ariège department in the Pyrenees to where it empties into the Salat, near Seix. The Alet is part of the Garonne basin.
Aulus-les-Bains is a commune in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of south-western France.
Labarthe-sur-Lèze is a commune in the Haute-Garonne department in southwestern France.
Clermont-le-Fort is a commune in the Haute-Garonne department in southwestern France.
The Touch is a 74.5 km (46.3 mi) long river in southwestern France, left tributary of the Garonne. Its source is in the département of Haute-Garonne, near Lilhac.
The Lèze is a 70.2 km (43.6 mi) long river in the Ariège and Haute-Garonne départements, southwestern France. Its source is in La Bastide-de-Sérou. It flows generally north. It is a left tributary of the Ariège into which it flows between Labarthe-sur-Lèze and Clermont-le-Fort.
The Vère is a 53.2-kilometre-long (33.1 mi) river in the Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne departments in southern France. Its source is at Taïx. It flows generally west-northwest. It is a left tributary of the Aveyron, into which it flows at Bruniquel.
The Gesse is a 52.1 km (32.4 mi) long river in the Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne and Gers départements, southwestern France. Its source is at Arné, on the plateau de Lannemezan. It flows generally northeast. It is a left tributary of the Save into which it flows at Espaon.
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