Orb (river)

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Orb
Beziers Frankreich.jpg
Orb River in Béziers.
Origin Massif Central
Mouth Mediterranean Sea
43°14′47″N 3°17′54″E / 43.24639°N 3.29833°E / 43.24639; 3.29833 (Mediterranean Sea-Aude)Coordinates: 43°14′47″N 3°17′54″E / 43.24639°N 3.29833°E / 43.24639; 3.29833 (Mediterranean Sea-Aude)
Basin countries France
Length 136 km (85 mi)
Source elevation 820 m (2,690 ft)
Avg. discharge 25 m3/s (880 cu ft/s)
Basin area 1,400 km2 (540 sq mi)

The Orb is a 145-kilometre (90 mi) long river in the Herault département of southern France that flows into the Mediterranean Sea, in Valras-Plage. The river flows through the towns Bédarieux and Béziers, where it is crossed by the canal du Midi on the Orb Aqueduct. In ancient times, the Orb was crossed at Capestang by the 1,500-metre (4,900 ft) long Roman Pont Serme.[1]

Geography[edit]

The Orb river flows through the following towns:

Tributaries[edit]

The following rivers flows into the Orb:

  • Jaur 30 kilometres (19 mi)
  • Lirou 30 kilometres (19 mi)
  • Mare 29 kilometres (18 mi)
  • Taurou 25 kilometres (16 mi)
  • Vernazobre 24 kilometres (15 mi)
  • Rieutort 18 kilometres (11 mi)
  • Héric 14 kilometres (9 mi)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colin O’Connor: Roman Bridges, Cambridge University Press 1993, ISBN 0-521-39326-4, p. 99