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Gardon
Gard
River
Pont Du Gard2.jpg
The Gardon near the Pont du Gard
Country France
Region Occitanie
Departments Lozère, Gard
Main Communes Saint-Jean-du-Gard, Anduze, Poulx, Remoulins
Tributaries
 - left Gardon d'Alès, Droude, Dourbie, Bourdic, Alzon
 - right Gardon d'Anduze
Source Cévennes
 - location Saint-Martin-de-Lansuscle, Lozère, France
 - elevation 1,050 m (3,445 ft)
 - coordinates 44°14′46″N 3°43′51″E / 44.24611°N 3.73083°E / 44.24611; 3.73083
Source confluence with Gardon d'Alès
 - location between Cassagnoles and Vézénobres, Gard, France
 - elevation 92 m (302 ft)
 - coordinates 44°01′50″N 4°07′57″E / 44.03056°N 4.13250°E / 44.03056; 4.13250
Confluence Rhône
 - location Comps, Gard, France
 - elevation m (16 ft)
 - coordinates 43°50′32″N 4°37′16″E / 43.84222°N 4.62111°E / 43.84222; 4.62111
Length 127.3 km (79 mi)
Basin 1,999 km² (772 sq mi)
Discharge for Sanilhac-Sagriès
 - average 32.7 /s (1,155 cu ft/s)
 - max 71.2 /s (2,514 cu ft/s)
 - min 4.53 /s (160 cu ft/s)

The Gardon or Gard is a river in southeastern France, in the Lozère and Gard departments in the Occitanie region. It is a right tributary of the Rhône river.

The Gard department is named after this river.

Geography

The Gardon river has a length of 127.3 km (79.1 mi) and a drainage basin with an area of 1,999 km2 (772 sq mi).

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 32.7 m3/s (1,150 cu ft/s) at Sanilhac-Sagriès in the Gard department.

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Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Sanilhac-Sagriès

Course

The Gardon (known here as Gardon d'Anduze) starts in the Cévennes, southeastern Massif Central, in the commune of Saint-Martin-de-Lansuscle, Lozère department near Prat Reboubalès, at an altitude of about 1,050 m (3,445 ft).

The Gardon d'Anduze joins the Gardon d'Alès between the communes Cassagnoles and Vézénobres, at an altitude of about 90 m (295 ft); from here, the river is usually known simply as Gard.

The Gardon flows to the southeast, in general, and passes through the Lozère and Gard departments, in the Occitanie region, and a total of 37 communes, most of them in the Gard department.

Finally, it flows, as a right tributary into the Rhône river near Comps at 5 m (16 ft) of altitude.

Main tributaries

The main tributaries, with a length greater than 20 km, of the Gardon are:

  • Le Gardon de Sainte-Croix - 27.9 km
  • Le Gardon de Saint-Jean - 49.4 km
  • Le Gardon d'Alès - 60.6 km
  • La Droude - 22.6 km
  • Le Bourdic - 25 km
  • L'Alzon - 23.7 km

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