Map of Terek river
||Zilgakhokh, Kazbek, Caucasus Major, Georgia
||Caspian Sea 43°35′43″N 47°33′42″E / 43.595278°N 47.561667°ECoordinates: 43°35′43″N 47°33′42″E / 43.595278°N 47.561667°E
||Georgia; North Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Stavropol Krai, Chechnya and Dagestan, Russia
||623 km (387 mi)
||5,037 m (16,526 ft)
||−28 m (−92 ft)
||305 m3 (10,800 cu ft) per second
||43,200 km2 (16,700 sq mi)
Mountain Zilgi-Khokh and source of River Terek in 1886.
Terek river in North Georgia
The Terek River (Russian: Те́рек, IPA: [ˈtʲerʲɪk]; Georgian: თერგი, Tergi; Ossetian: Терк, Avar: Терек, Terek, Chechen: Теркa, Terka) is a major river in the Northern Caucasus, flowing through Georgia and Russia into the Caspian Sea. It rises in Georgia near the juncture of the The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range and the Khokh Range, to the southwest of Mount Kazbek, winding north in a white torrent between the town of Stephantsminda and the village of Gergeti  toward the Russian region North Ossetia and the city of Vladikavkaz. It turns east to flow through Chechnya and Dagestan before dividing into two branches which empty into the Caspian Sea. Below the city of Kizlyar it forms a swampy river delta around 100 km (62 mi) wide. Major inflows are Gizeldon, Ardon, Urukh, Fiagdon, Malka, Baksan and Sunzha rivers. The river is a key natural asset in the region, being used for irrigation and hydroelectric power in its upper reaches.
The main cities on the Terek are Vladikavkaz, Mozdok, and Kizlyar. Several minor hydroelectrostation are constructed on Terek: Dzau electrostation (in Vladikavkaz), Bekanskaya and Pavlodolskaya.
The capital of Khazaria Samandar was possibly placed at the bank of the river.
The Terek river was the site of the final defeat of the Hulagu, khan of the Ilkhanate, Army, against the army of Berke, khan of the Golden Horde, led by Nogai Khan, in the first civil war of the Mongol Empire, the Berke–Hulagu war. Also is the site of a battle that Timur defeated Tokhtamysh in 1395.
It was home to the Terek Cossack Host.
observation: October 2010 - May 2012 Wayne Jensen