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The Abakan river
|State||Republic of Khakassia|
|Primary source||Bolshoy Abakan River|
|Secondary source||Maly Abakan River|
|- location||Western Sayan Mountains|
|Length||514 km (319 mi)|
|Basin||32,000 km2 (12,355 sq mi)|
The Abakan (Russian: Абака́н), the Khakas word for 'bear's blood') is a river in the Republic of Khakassia, Russia. 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. Its length is about 514 kilometres (319 mi) (from the Bolshoy Abakan's source), and it has a drainage basin area of 32,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi). The river is used for timber floating and irrigation.
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