Luda Kamchiya

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Luda Kamchiya
Country Bulgaria
Physical characteristics
43°02′40″N27°26′32″E / 43.0444°N 27.4421°E / 43.0444; 27.4421 Coordinates: 43°02′40″N27°26′32″E / 43.0444°N 27.4421°E / 43.0444; 27.4421
Length180.2 km (112.0 mi) [1]
Basin size1,610 km2 (620 sq mi) [1]
Basin features
Progression KamchiyaBlack Sea

Luda Kamchiya (Bulgarian : Луда Камчия [ˈɫudɐ ˈkamt͡ʃijɐ] , lit.'Mad Kamchiya') is a river in eastern Bulgaria, the main tributary of the Kamchiya river. [2] The river has a total length of 180 km and a drainage basin of 1610 km2, with an average slope of 5.3‰.

Luda Kamchiya rises from the Balkan Mountains in the area of Sliven, then flows between two arms of the mountains before crossing through the Luda Kamchiya Gorge and flowing into northern Bulgaria, joining Golyama Kamchiya near Dalgopol to form the Kamchiya river.

The river valley provides an important route between Northern and Southern Bulgaria, with a major railway line following the course of the river. There are also two significant reservoirs build on Luda Kamchiya: Kamchiya and Tsonevo.

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  1. 1 2 Statistical Yearbook 2017, National Statistical Institute (Bulgaria), p. 17
  2. Victor Fet, Alexi Popov; Biogeography and ecology of Bulgaria; 2007; p.601