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San
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San River, Sanok, 2005
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San River in Vistula watershed
Country Poland (457 km), Ukraine (1 km)
Physical characteristics
Main source Uzhok pass
Piniashkovy Mount, Bukovec Mountains, Ukraine
900 m (3,000 ft)
River mouth Vistula River
Dąbrówka Pniowska, Sandomierz Basin, Poland
Length 458 km (285 mi), S → N
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    129 m3/s (4,600 cu ft/s)
Basin features
River system Vistula River
Basin size 16,877 km2 (6,516 sq mi)
Progression VistulaBaltic Sea

The San (Polish: San; Ukrainian: Сян Sian; German: Saan) is a river in southeastern Poland and western Ukraine, a tributary of the Vistula River, with a length of 458 km (it is the 6th-longest Polish river) and a basin area of 16,877 km2 (14,426 km2 of it in Poland).

Etymology

San in proto-Indoeuropean languages means "speed" or "rapid stream". In Celtic languages, San means "river".

Course

The San arises in the Carpathian Mountains near the village of Sianky, at an elevation of 900 metres, exactly on the Polish-Ukrainian border (49°00′10″N 22°52′30″E / 49.00278°N 22.875°E / 49.00278; 22.875) and on the continental watershed, and forms the border between Poland and Ukraine for approximately its first 50 km. Poland's largest artificial lake, Lake Solina, was created by a dam on the San River near Lesko.

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