Verdon (river)

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Verdon
Grand Canyon de Verdon.jpg
A view from the Verdon Gorge
Origin Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Mouth Durance
43°43′6″N 5°44′54″E / 43.71833°N 5.74833°E / 43.71833; 5.74833 (Durance-Verdon)Coordinates: 43°43′6″N 5°44′54″E / 43.71833°N 5.74833°E / 43.71833; 5.74833 (Durance-Verdon)
Basin countries France
Length 166 km
Source elevation 2819 m
Verdon Gorge

The Verdon is a 166 km long river in south-eastern France, left tributary of the Durance. Its source is at an altitude of 2819 m, in the south-western Alps (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), between the col d'Allos and the Trois Eveches mountain, south of Barcelonnette. It flows south-west through the following départements and towns:

Verdon river

The Verdon flows through several artificial lakes, before flowing into the river Durance near Vinon-sur-Verdon, south of Manosque. The Verdon is best known for its impressive canyon: the Verdon Gorge. This limestone canyon, also called the 'Grand Canyon of Verdon', 20 kilometres in length and more than 300 metres deep, is a popular climbing and sight-seeing area. The name comes from the green appearance of the waters of the river, in the canyon.

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