Odiel River

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Odiel River
Río Odiel.JPG
View of the Odiel River
Origin Sierra de Aracena
Mouth Huelva Estuary
Basin countries Spain
Source elevation 660 metres (2,170 ft)
Mouth elevation 0 metres (0 ft)
Basin area Tinto - Odiel
Rivers of Andalusia. The Odiel is near the left, between the Guadiana (along the Portuguese border) and the Rio Tinto.
Hydrographic map of the province of Huelva. The Odiel is somewhat left of center, running roughly north-south.

The Odiel River, River Odiel, or simply Odiel (Spanish: Río Odiel) is a river in the Atlantic basin in southern Spain, more precisely in the province of Huelva, Andalusia, Spain. It originates at Marimateos in the Sierra de Aracena at an altitude of 660 metres (2,170 ft) above sea level. At the Punta del Sebo, it joins the Rio Tinto to form the Huelva Estuary. Its principal tributaries are the Escalada, Meca, Olivargas, Oraque, Santa Eulalia, and El Villar. Its basin covers 990 square kilometres (380 sq mi).

In Roman times it was known as Luxia, being the Urius probably the Rio Tinto [see J. G. Th. Graesse, Orbis Latinus]. Even before the Romans, its mouth was an important place of commerce, as can be seen by archaeological remnants from Phoenicians and Ancient Greeks, known as the "Huelva Estuary Deposit" (Spanish: Depósito de la Ría de Huelva), dated 1000 BCE.[1]

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This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2009-12-23 of the equivalent article on the Spanish Wikipedia.
  1. ^ Depósito de la ría, Arte e historia. Accessed online 2009-12-24.

Coordinates: 37°16′15″N 6°57′53″W / 37.27083°N 6.96472°W / 37.27083; -6.96472