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Buëch
Buech
River
Buëch sisteron.JPG
The Buëch river near Sisteron
Country France
Regions Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Departments Drôme, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Communes Sisteron
Tributaries
 - left Petit Buëch
 - right Méouge
City Sisteron
Source Massif du Dévoluy
 - location Lus-la-Croix-Haute, Drôme, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 - elevation 2,400 m (7,874 ft)
 - coordinates 44°41′07″N 5°48′46″W / 44.68528°N 5.81278°W / 44.68528; -5.81278
Confluence Durance
 - location Sisteron, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
 - elevation 470 m (1,542 ft)
 - coordinates 44°12′05″N 5°56′35″E / 44.20139°N 5.94306°E / 44.20139; 5.94306
Length 85.2 km (53 mi)
Basin 1,478 km² (571 sq mi)
Discharge for Laragne-Montéglin
 - average 20.1 /s (710 cu ft/s)

The Buëch (Occitan: Buech) is a river in southeastern France, a right tributary of the Durance. It is also called the Grand Buëch in its upper course just to the confluence with the Petit Buëch river.

Geography

The Buëch river has a length of 85.2 km (53 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 1,478 km2 (571 sq mi).

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 20.10 m3/s (710 cu ft/s) at Laragne-Montéglin in the Hautes-Alpes department, for a period of 15 years.

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Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Laragne-Montéglin

Course

The Buëch starts several kilometres to the east of col de la Croix-Haute, a mountain pass in the western side of the Massif du Dévoluy mountains, in the commune of Lus-la-Croix-Haute, Drôme department, at an elevation of about 2,325 m (7,628 ft). It then flows to the southwest and gets into the Hautes-Alpes department and then flows to the south.

Finally, the river flows into the Durance river, as a right tributary, near Sisteron, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department.

The Buëch flows through 3 departments and 23 communes, in 2 regions:

Main tributaries

The main tributaries of the Buëch river are:

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