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The Aude at Carcassonne
The Aude river (blue lines) in the Aude department (with red lines)
|Main source||Les Angles, Lac d'Aude, Massif du Carlit, Pyrénées, France
2,136 m (7,008 ft)
|River mouth||Fleury/Vendres, France, Mediterranean Sea
0 m (0 ft)
|Length||224.1 km (139.2 mi)|
|Basin size||6,074 square kilometres (2,345 sq mi) total and 4,900 square kilometres (1,900 sq mi) above Coursan|
The Aude has a length of 224 km (139.2 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 6,074 km2 (2,345 sq mi).
The Aude starts in the Massif of Carlit at the Lac d'Aude at an elevation of 2,180 metres (7,150 ft) in the commune of Les Angles (Pyrénées-Orientales department).
From the Pyrénées to Carcassonne, the river flows generally from south to north and then turns to the east. The river then flows into the Mediterranean Sea a few kilometres from Narbonne at Grau de Vendres (near Cabanes-de-Fleury) on the border between the departments of Aude and Hérault.
The Aude flows through 1 region, 4 departments and 75 communes. The main communes are:
- Occitanie region
The main tributaries (30 km or more long) of the Aude river are:
- Left tributaries
- Rébenty - 33.6 km;
- Sou - 29.5 km;
- Fresquel - 63 km;
- Orbiel - 40.9 km;
- Argent-Double - 37.4 km;
- Cesse - 53.5 km;
- Right tributaries
- Lauquet - 36.6 km;
- Orbieu - 84.1 km;
The Aude at Axat
The Aude near its mouth at Salles-d'Aude
The Orbieu, the main tributary of the Aude, at Lagrasse
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