Adour facts for kids
The Adour river at Bayonne
|Departments||Hautes-Pyrénées, Gers, Landes, Pyrénées-Atlantiques|
|Communes||Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Tarbes, Maubourguet, Riscle, Aire-sur-l'Adour, Dax, Tarnos, Bayonne|
|- left||Échez, Lées, Gabas, Louts, Luy, Gaves Réunis, Bidouze, Nive|
|- right||Arros, Midouze, Luzou|
|Cities||Tarbes, Dax, Bayonne|
|- location||Massif de l'Arbizon, Hautes-Pyrénées, France|
|- elevation||2,831 m (9,288 ft)|
|- location||near Bayonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France|
|- elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Length||309 km (192 mi)|
|Basin||16,912 km² (6,530 sq mi)|
|- average||350 m³/s (12,360 cu ft/s)|
|Wikimedia Commons: Adour|
The Adour river has a length of 309 km (192 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 16,912 km2 (6,530 sq mi).
The Adour river is born, as Adour de Payolle, at the north side of the Arbizon mountain. In the Campan valley, that is formed by three smaller valleys corresponding to the sources of the three Adours (Adour de Payolle, Adour de Gripp and the Adour de Lesponne), these small rivers meet at Campan (Arrondissement of Bagnères-de-Bigorre) to form the Adour river.
The Adour flows north for almost a hundred miles through the Hautes-Pyrénées to Gers. There, it turned to the west and gets into the Landes department. In Port-de-Lanne, the Adour is joined by the Gaves réunis river and, finally, it flows into the Bay of Biscay, in the Atlantic Ocean, between Anglet (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) and Tarnos (Landes).
The river is navigable (it is deep, wide and slow enough for a ship to pass) for about 72 km (45 mi) from its mouth.
Tributaries of the Adour
Some of the important tributaries (longer than 50 km) of the Adour are:
Towns along the river
Départements and towns found along the river are:
- Hautes-Pyrénées: Campan, Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Tarbes, Maubourguet
- Gers: Riscle
- Landes: Aire-sur-l'Adour, Dax, Tarnos
- Pyrénées-Atlantiques: Bayonne
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