Abakan River

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The Abakan River
StateRepublic of Khakassia
CitiesAbaza, Abakan
Physical characteristics
SourceBolshoy Abakan River
2nd sourceMaly Abakan River
MouthYenisei River
 - location
 - coordinates
53°43′50″N 91°30′31″E / 53.73056°N 91.50861°E / 53.73056; 91.50861Coordinates: 53°43′50″N 91°30′31″E / 53.73056°N 91.50861°E / 53.73056; 91.50861
Length514 m (1,686 ft)
Basin size32,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi)

The Abakan (Russian: Абака́н), (from the Khakas word for "bear's blood") is a river in the Republic of Khakassia, Russia.[1] It is formed by the confluence of the Bolshoy Abakan and Maly Abakan rivers. It rises in the western Sayan Mountains and flows northeast through the Minusinsk Depression to the Yenisei River. It is about 514 kilometres (319 mi) long (from the Bolshoy Abakan's source), and its drainage basin covers 32,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi). The river is used for log driving and irrigation.

The city of Abakan is located at the confluence of the Abakan and the Yenisei.


Further reading[edit]

  • Dash, Mike (29 January 2013). "For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 3 February 2013.