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Abakan River

Abakan (Абака́н)
River
The Abakan river
Country Russia
State Republic of Khakassia
Cities Abaza, Abakan
Primary source Bolshoy Abakan River
Secondary source Maly Abakan River
Source confluence
 - location Western Sayan Mountains
 - coordinates
Mouth Yenisei River
 - location Abakan
 - coordinates
Length 514 km (319 mi)
Basin 32,000 km2 (12,355 sq mi)

The Abakan (Russian: Абака́н), (from the Khakas word for "bear's blood") is a river in the Republic of Khakassia, Russia. It is formed by the confluence of the Bolshoy Abakan and Maly Abakan rivers. It rises in the western Sayan Mountains and flows northeast through the Minusinsk Depression to the Yenisei River. It is about 514 kilometres (319 mi) long (from the Bolshoy Abakan's source), and its drainage basin covers 32,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi). The river is used for log driving and irrigation.

The city of Abakan is located at the confluence of the Abakan and the Yenisei.

Further reading

  • Dash, Mike (29 January 2013). "For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
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