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Ariège
L'Ariège
River
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Ariège river in Tarascon-sur-Ariège
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Pyrénées-Orientales, Ariège, Haute-Garonne
Tributaries
 - left Aston, Vicdessos, Courbière, Lèze
 - right Oriège, Lauze, Crieu, Hers-Vif, Aïse
Cities Foix, Parmais
Source Pyrenees
 - elevation 2,400 m (7,874 ft)
 - coordinates 42°31′10″N 1°44′22″E / 42.5195°N 1.7395°E / 42.5195; 1.7395
Mouth Garonne
 - location Portet-sur-Garonne, Occitanie, France
 - coordinates 43°31′08″N 1°24′35″E / 43.5188°N 1.4098°E / 43.5188; 1.4098
Length 163.1 km (101 mi)
Basin 4,135 km² (1,597 sq mi)
Discharge for Pinsaguel
 - average 76.4 /s (2,698 cu ft/s)
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The Ariège (Catalan: Arieja; Occitan: Arièja) is a 163 km long river in the south of France and a right tributary of the Garonne. Its sources are at the Pyrenees, where it forms part of the border with Andorra.

Geography

The Ariège river is 163.1 km (101.3 mi) long with a drainage basin of 4,135 km2 (1,597 sq mi). Its source is at the Pyrenees at an elevation of about 2,400 m (7,874 ft), on the border between Andorra and France, just south of Pas de la Casa. In its first part, it flows to the north, forming the border between France and Andorra, up to Pas de la Casa, and then to the north-east.

After flowing through the Ariège plain, the river gets out of the department of Ariège and into the department of Haute-Garonne and, finally, joins the Garonne river at Portet-sur-Garonne, near the city of Toulouse.

Tributaries

Some of the tributaries are:

  • Right tributaries:
    • Oriège (21 km); its source is on the northern side of the peak Carlit and flows into the Ariége at Ax-les-Thermes.
    • Lauze (14 km).
    • Hers-Vif or Hers (130 km). It is the tributary more important of the Ariége; it joins the Ariége at Cintegabelle (Haute-Garonne).
    • Aïse (29 km).
  • Left tributaries
    • Aston (23 km).
    • Vicdessos (36 km). It joins the Ariége at Tarascon-sur-Ariége.
    • Courbière (15 km). It joins the Ariège before Tarascon-sur-Ariège.
    • Arget (23 km). It joins the Ariège on the foot of the Foix castle. Its valley is named as la Barguillière.
    • Lèze (70 km).

Towns along the river

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Ariège river near Ax-les-Thermes.
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Ariège river in Tarascon-sur-Ariège.

Some towns and cities found along the river are:

  • Parish of Canillo, in Andorra;
    • Pas de la Casa
  • Department of Ariège:
    • L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre
    • Mérens-les-Vals
    • Ax-les-Thermes
    • Les Cabannes
    • Tarascon-sur-Ariège
    • Mercus-Garrabet
    • Montolieu
    • Montgaillard
    • Foix
    • Saint-Jean-de-Verges
    • Varilhes
    • Pamiers
    • Saverdun
  • Department of Haute-Garonne:
    • Cintegabelle
    • Auterive
    • Venerque

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