Ariège (river)

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Ariège
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Ariège River near Ax-les-Thermes.
Origin Pyrenees
Mouth Garonne
43°31′2″N 1°24′36″E / 43.51722°N 1.41000°E / 43.51722; 1.41000 (Garonne-Ariège)Coordinates: 43°31′2″N 1°24′36″E / 43.51722°N 1.41000°E / 43.51722; 1.41000 (Garonne-Ariège)
Basin countries France, Andorra
Length 164 km
Source elevation ± 2400 m
Avg. discharge 65 m³/s
Basin area 3,860 km²

The Ariège (Occitan: Arièja) is a 164 km long river in southern France, right tributary of the Garonne. Its source is in the Pyrenees, where it forms part of the border with Andorra. It flows north through the following départements and towns:

It flows into the Garonne in Portet-sur-Garonne, south of Toulouse. If the Latin origin of its name (Aurigera) is to be trusted, the Ariège is supposed to carry gold nuggets.

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