|• elevation||2,819 m (9,249 ft)|
|Length||166.5 km (103.5 mi)|
|Basin size||2,295 km2 (886 sq mi)|
|Progression||Durance→ Rhône→ Mediterranean Sea|
The Verdon (French pronunciation: [vɛʁdɔ̃] , Occitan: [ˈbeɾðu] ) is a 166.5-kilometre-long (103.5 mi) river in south-eastern France, left tributary of the Durance. Its drainage basin is 2,295 km2 (886 sq mi). Its source is at an elevation of 2,819 metres (9,249 ft), in the southwestern Alps (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), between the col d'Allos and the Trois Eveches mountain, south of Barcelonnette. It flows south-west through the following départements and towns:
The Verdon flows through several artificial lakes, before flowing into the river Durance near Vinon-sur-Verdon, south of Manosque. The Verdon is best known for its impressive canyon: the Verdon Gorge. This limestone canyon, also called the "Grand Canyon of Verdon", 20 kilometres (12 mi) long and more than 300 metres (980 ft) deep, is a popular climbing and sight-seeing area. The name comes from the green appearance of the waters of the river, in the canyon.
The Var is a river located in the southeast of France. It is 114 km (71 mi) long. Its drainage basin is 2,812 km2 (1,086 sq mi).
Lake Serre-Ponçon is a reservoir in the departments of Hautes-Alpes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, in southeast France, one of the largest in Western Europe. The lake gathers the waters of the Durance and the Ubaye rivers, flowing down through the Hautes-Alpes and the Alpes du Sud to the Rhône. The waters are dammed by the Barrage de Serre-Ponçon, a 123-metre (404 ft) high earth core dam.
The Verdon Gorge is a river canyon located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of Southeastern France. It is about 25 km (15.5 mi) long and up to 700 metres (0.4 mi) deep. It was formed by the Verdon River, which is named for its turquoise-green colour, one of the location's distinguishing characteristics. In between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, the river has cut a ravine to a depth of 700 meters through the limestone mass. At the end of the canyon, the Verdon flows into the artificial Lake of Sainte-Croix.
Verdon may refer to:
The Romanche is a 78.3-kilometre (48.7 mi) long mountain river in southeastern France. It is a right tributary of the Drac, which is itself a tributary of the Isère. Its drainage basin is 1,221 km2 (471 sq mi). Its source is in the northern part of the Massif des Écrins, Dauphiné Alps. It flows into the Drac in Champ-sur-Drac, south of Grenoble. The road from Grenoble to Briançon over the Col du Lautaret runs through the Romanche valley. There are several mountain and ski resorts in the valley, including Alpe d'Huez, La Grave and Les Deux Alpes.
The Durance is a major river in south-eastern France. A left tributary of the Rhône, it is 323.2 km (200.8 mi) long. Its drainage basin is 14,472 km2 (5,588 sq mi).
The arrondissement of Castellane is an arrondissement of France in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. It has 41 communes. Its population is 11,403 (2016), and its area is 1,718.1 km2 (663.4 sq mi).
The Ubaye Valley is an area in the Alpes de Haute-Provence département, in the French Alps, having approximately 7,700 residents. Its residents are called Ubayens. Its principal town is the sous-préfecture of Barcelonnette.
The Buëch is a river in southeastern France, a right tributary of the Durance. It is 85.3 km (53.0 mi) long. Its drainage basin is 1,478 km2 (571 sq mi). Its source is in the Dauphiné Alps, near the peak of Grand Ferrand. It flows generally southward for most of its course in the Hautes-Alpes département, and flows into the Durance at Sisteron.
The Huveaune is a small river in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. It is 48.5 kilometres (30.1 mi) long and flows through the communes of La Penne-sur-Huveaune, Nans-les-Pins, Saint-Zacharie, Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume, Auriol, Roquevaire, Aubagne, and the metropolitan area of Marseille.
The Canal de Marseille is a major source of drinking water for all of Marseille, the largest city in Provence, France. The canal along its main artery is 80 kilometres (50 mi) long but has additional 160 kilometres (99 mi) of minor arteries. Its construction lasted 15 years and was directed by the engineer Franz Mayor de Montricher; the canal opened on July 8, 1849.
The Ubaye is a river of southeastern France. It is 83 kilometres (52 mi) long and flows through the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department. Its drainage basin is 1,009 km2 (390 sq mi).
The Calavon is an 86.7-kilometre (53.9 mi) long river in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Vaucluse départements, southeastern France. Its drainage basin is 1,027 km2 (397 sq mi). Its source is near Banon. It flows generally west-southwest. It is a right tributary of the Durance into which it flows at Caumont-sur-Durance, near Cavaillon.
The Bléone is a 69.5-kilometre (43.2 mi) long river in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence département, southeastern France. Its drainage basin is 906 km2 (350 sq mi). Its source is several small streams converging near the refuge de l'Estrop, a mountain shelter in Prads-Haute-Bléone. It flows generally southwest. It is a left tributary of the Durance into which it flows between L'Escale and Les Mées.
The Guil is a 51.6-kilometre (32.1 mi) long river in the Hautes-Alpes département, southeastern France. Its drainage basin is 727 km2 (281 sq mi). Its source is several small streams which converge into the lake Lestio, at Ristolas. It flows generally west, through the Queyras. It is a left tributary of the Durance into which it flows at Guillestre.
The Asse is a 76.3-kilometre (47.4 mi) long river in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence département, southeastern France. Its source is several small streams which converge at Tartonne, 12 kilometres (7 mi) east of Digne-les-Bains. It flows generally southwest. It is a left tributary of the Durance into which it flows between Valensole and Oraison, 9 kilometres (6 mi) northeast of Manosque. Its drainage basin is 657 km2 (254 sq mi).
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is a department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of Southeastern France. Formerly part of the province of Provence, it had a population of 161,588 in 2016. Its main cities are Digne-les-Bains (prefecture), Manosque, Sisteron, Barcelonnette, Castellane and Forcalquier. Inhabitants of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence are called the Bas-Alpins or Bas-Alpines referring to the department of Basses-Alpes which was the former name of the department until 1970.
The Méouge, is a 39-kilometre (24 mi) river in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur regions of the south of France. It rises in the Drôme near the town of Séderon and crosses into the Hautes-Alpes at Barret-sur-Méouge where it carves the spectacular tourist attraction, the Gorges de la Méouge, through the limestone platform. Near the communities of Châteauneuf-de-Chabre and Antonaves it joins the river Buëch which in turn flows into the Durance and the Rhône. Its drainage basin is 229 km2 (88 sq mi).
Massif des Trois-Évêchés is a mountain range in the Provence Alps and Prealps in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France. Its name comes from the central summit of the massif, the Pic des Trois-Évêchés where there are ridges to the north, west and south. The highest peak is the Tête de l'Estrop, at 2,961 metres (9,715 ft).
Artuby is a river in France, crossing the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes and Var departments, and a sub-tributary of Rhône by the Verdon and Durance. It is 53.8 km (33.4 mi) long. Its drainage basin is 373 km2 (144 sq mi).
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