Uhaitxa

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Uhaitxa
Country France
Physical characteristics
Main source Sainte-Engrâce
River mouth Saison
Length 15 km (9 mi)
Basin features
Progression SaisonGave d'OloronGaves réunisAdourAtlantic Ocean

The Uhaitxa or Gave de Sainte-Engrâce , is a torrential river of the French Basque Country (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), in the Southwest of France. It is the right tributary of the Saison.

Sainte-Engrâce Commune in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Sainte-Engrâce is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France.

French Basque Country Region in southwestern France

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Geography

The Uhaïtxa rises in the northeast of Sainte-Engrâce, in a valley dug by a glacier of the Quaternary. Quickly reinforced by several torrents, it flows through the village, then through a narrow valley, in a karstic landscape notched by many cañons as the Kakueta Canyon, accessible from the road.

Quaternary is the current and most recent of the three periods of the Cenozoic Era in the geologic time scale of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS). It follows the Neogene Period and spans from 2.588 ± 0.005 million years ago to the present. The Quaternary Period is divided into two epochs: the Pleistocene and the Holocene. The informal term "Late Quaternary" refers to the past 0.5–1.0 million years.

Karst Topography formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks

Karst is a topography formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum. It is characterized by underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves. It has also been documented for more weathering-resistant rocks, such as quartzite, given the right conditions. Subterranean drainage may limit surface water, with few to no rivers or lakes. However, in regions where the dissolved bedrock is covered or confined by one or more superimposed non-soluble rock strata, distinctive karst features may occur only at subsurface levels and be totally missing above ground.

After joining the Gave de Larrau, coming from the Pic d'Orhy, it forms the Saison in Licq-Athérey.

Gave de Larrau river in France

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Pic dOrhy mountain in Spain

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Saison (river) river in the French Basque Country

The Saison or Uhaitz Handia, is a left tributary of the Gave d'Oloron river in the French Basque Country, (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), Southwest of France. Its general south to north direction provides the axis for the former French province of Soule. It is also known as the Gave de Mauléon.

Main tributaries

Arpideko erreka from Antzu Naba, Ehüjarreko erreka from Erraitzeko Lephua, Khakuetako erreka from Ihizkunditze, Urdaibiko erreka from the Sarimendi, Mürrübeltzeko erreka, Gahardoiko erreka

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Coordinates: 43°03′N0°53′W / 43.050°N 0.883°W / 43.050; -0.883

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