Ukrainian: Західний Буг, Zakhidnyy Buh
Belarusian: Захо́дні Буг, Zakhodni Buh
|Countries||Poland, Belarus, Ukraine|
|Podlaskie, Mazovian, Lublin,
|- location||near Verkhobuzh, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine|
|- elevation||310 m (1,017 ft)|
|- location||Narew River near Serock, Poland|
|- elevation||75 m (246 ft)|
|Length||772 km (480 mi)|
|Basin||39,400 km2 (15,212 sq mi)|
|- average||1 m3/s (35 cu ft/s)|
|Discharge elsewhere (average)|
|- Wyszkow||158 m3/s (5,580 cu ft/s)|
The Bug River (Polish: Bug [buk] ( ) or Western Bug; ; Ukrainian: Західний Буг, Zakhidnyy Buh, Belarusian: Захо́дні Буг, Zakhodni Buh; Russian: Западный Буг, Zapadnyy Bug) is a major European river which flows through three countries with a total length of 830 kilometres (520 mi).
A tributary of the Vistula River it forms part of the borders between Ukraine and Poland for 185 kilometres (115 mi) and between Belarus and Poland for 178 kilometres (111 mi), and is the fourth longest Polish river.
Traditionally Bug River was also often considered the ethnographical border between Orthodox and Catholic Polish peoples. The Bug was the dividing line between German Wehrmacht and Russian Red Army forces following the 1939 invasion of Poland in the Second World War.
Bug River is a left tributary of the Narew river which flows from central Ukraine to the west, passing along the Ukraine-Polish and Polish-Belarusian border and into Poland, where it follows part of the border between the Masovian and Podlaskie Voivodeships. It joins the Narew river at Serock, a few kilometers upstream of the artificial Zegrze Lake.
This part of the Narew between the confluence and the Vistula River is sometimes referred to as Bugo-Narew but on December 27, 1962 the Prime Minister of Poland's act abolished the name, "Bugo-Narew", soon after Zegrze Lake was completed.
The total basin area of Bug River is 39,400 square kilometres (15,200 sq mi) of which half, 19,300 square kilometres (7,500 sq mi) or, 50%, is in Poland. Little over a quarter,11,400 square kilometres (4,400 sq mi) or 26%, is in Belarus, and barely a quarter, 8,700 square kilometres (3,400 sq mi) or 24% lies in Ukraine.
The basin experiences annual high-water levels during spring flooding due to thawing snow, after which a low flow period starts and lasts until October or mid-November. Occasional summer floods often occur in the headlands, where mountains influence favorable flash-flood conditions. In Autumn the water level increases are inconsiderable; in some years they do not happen at all. During the winter the river can have temporary ice-outs that sometimes provoke ice jams, causing an increase of the level up to 2 metres (6.6 ft). The resultant water levels are changeable due to the instability of ice cover.
Significant floods during the last 50 years in Belarus were registered in 1958, 1962, 1967, 1971 and 1974. The largest spring flood was observed in 1979, when the maximum water discharge was 19.1 cubic metres as at 24 March 1979, at the village of Chersk; 166 cubic metres near the village of Tyukhinichi (Lesnaya river) by 31 March 1979; and 269 cubic metres near Brest on 1 April 1979. A similar spring flood occurred in 1999, when the spring run-off in March–May exceeded the average annual value by almost half again (48%).
The last time the Bug flooded in Poland and Ukraine was in 2010 and the last time it flooded in Belarus was in 1999.
Bug River in the vicinity of Włodawa
Bug River in the vicinity of Nur
Bug River in the vicinity of Drohiczyn
Bug River in the vicinity of Małkinia Górna
Bug River in the vicinity of Serpelice
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