Verdon (river)

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Verdon
Grand Canyon de Verdon.jpg
A view from the Verdon Gorge
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Location
Country France
Physical characteristics
Source 
  location Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
  elevation2,819 m (9,249 ft)
Mouth  
  location
Durance
  coordinates
43°43′6″N5°44′54″E / 43.71833°N 5.74833°E / 43.71833; 5.74833 (Durance-Verdon) Coordinates: 43°43′6″N5°44′54″E / 43.71833°N 5.74833°E / 43.71833; 5.74833 (Durance-Verdon)
Length166.5 km (103.5 mi)
Basin size2,295 km2 (886 sq mi)
Basin features
Progression DuranceRhôneMediterranean Sea
Verdon Gorge Grand Canyon du Verdon 2.JPG
Verdon Gorge

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. [1] Its drainage basin is 2,295 km2 (886 sq mi). [2] 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:

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Verdon river

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.

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References

  1. Sandre. "Fiche cours d'eau - Le Verdon (X2--0200)".
  2. Bassin versant : Verdon (Le), Observatoire Régional Eau et Milieux Aquatiques en PACA