Tavda River

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The Tavda in the Ob Basin - double click to expand

The Tavda River (Russian: Тавда) is a Siberian river that drains part of the central Ural mountains into the Tobol River. It is north of the Tura River and south of the Konda River. It is located in Sverdlovsk Oblast and Tyumen Oblast.

It is formed by the confluence of the Lozva and Sosva Rivers. The length of the Tavda is 719 km. The area of its basin is 88,100 km². The river freezes up in early November and stays icebound until late April. Its main tributary is the Pelym River. The Tavda is navigable and is used for timber rafting. The town of Tavda is located on the shores of the Tavda River, as is Pelym, the earliest Russian settlement east of the Urals.

The Tavda and its main tributaries, the Sosva, Lozva and Pelym all flow southeast and drain the central Urals. They are shaped like the letter 'Щ', but with a longer tail. The Sosva (the westernmost one) flows southeast, turns somewhat northeast near the town of Sosva, picks up to Lozva and gains the name of Tavda. This continues east, picks up the Pelym and flows southeast into the Tobol between Tiumen and Tobolsk.

Coordinates: 59°02′01″N 63°47′05″E / 59.0335°N 63.7846°E / 59.0335; 63.7846