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|Province of Sucumbios|
Location of Sucumbíos Province in Ecuador.
Cantons of Sucumbíos Province
|Established||February 11, 1989.|
|Cantons||List of Cantons|
|• Total||18,009 km2 (6,953 sq mi)|
|• Density||9.7/km2 (25/sq mi)|
|Time zone||ECT (UTC-5)|
Sucumbíos is a province in northeast Ecuador. The capital and largest city is Nueva Loja (normally referred to as Lago Agrio). It is the fifth largest province in the country, with an area of 18,009 km². As of 1998, it has a population of 144,774 inhabitants.
Sucumbíos is bounded on the north by Colombia, on the south by Napo and Orellana, on the west by Carchi and Imbabura, on the southwest by Pichincha, and on the east by Peru. Sucumbíos is the only province in Ecuador that borders two different countries.
The province is one of the six provinces in the Amazon Region, a natural region of Ecuador.
The western area of the province belongs to the Eastern Andes Mountains, where most rivers in the province have their sources. The most important elevation in the province is the Reventador, an active volcano. The eastern portion of the province is part of the Amazon Basin, with high temperatures.
The main river in the province is the Aguarico River. It passes close to Nueva Loja, and empties into the Napo, on the Peruvian border. Other important rivers are the Putumayo, which marks the border with Colombia, and the Coca and Napo Rivers, in the south.
Sucumbíos was an unexplored area, where only indigenous people lived, until oil was discovered in its soil. In 1979, after nine years of foundation, Nueva Loja became the seat of its own canton, Lago Agrio Canton, in the Napo Province. On February 13, 1989, Sucumbíos became the 21st province in the country when it separated from Napo province.
The province is divided into seven cantons. The following table lists each with its population as of the 2001 census, its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the canton seat or capital.
|Canton||Pop. (2001)||Area (km²)||Seat/Capital|
|Cascales||7,409||1,248||El Dorado de Cascales|
|Lago Agrio||66,788||3,139||Nueva Loja (Lago Agrio)|
Places of interest
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- Cantons of Ecuador. Statoids.com. Retrieved 4 November 2009.