Lena River facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsLena River (Лена, Zülge,Өлүөнэ)
|- left||Kirenga, Vilyuy|
|- right||Vitim, Olyokma, Aldan|
|- location||Baikal Mountains, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia|
|- elevation||1,640 m (5,381 ft)|
|- location||Arctic Ocean, Laptev Sea|
|Length||4,472 km (2,779 mi)|
|Basin||2,500,000 km² (965,255 sq mi)|
|Discharge||for Laptev Sea|
|- average||16,871 m³/s (595,794 cu ft/s)|
|- max||241,000 m³/s (8,510,835 cu ft/s)|
|- min||366 m³/s (12,925 cu ft/s)|
The Lena River is a river in Siberia, flowing into the Arctic Ocean. With a length of 2,779 miles (4,472 km), it is the 10th longest river in the world. With a watershed size of 965,255 square miles (2,500,000 square kilometers), it has the 9th largest watershed.
The Lena begins in the Baikal Mountains, a mountain range in central Siberia, at a point 7 miles (11 km) west of Lake Baikal. The Lena flows northeast. Some of its major tributaries are the Kirenga, Vitim, Oylokma, Aldan, and Vilyuy rivers. It empties into the Laptev Sea, a branch of the Arctic Ocean.
The name "Lena" comes from a word, Elyu-Ene, meaning "The Large River". The word comes from the Evenks, a people of Northern Asia.
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