Ariège (river)

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Ariège
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Ariège River near Ax-les-Thermes.
Location
CountryFrance, Andorra
Physical characteristics
Source 
 - locationPyrenees
 - elevation± 2,400 m (7,900 ft)
Mouth 
 - location
Garonne
 - coordinates
43°31′2″N 1°24′36″E / 43.51722°N 1.41000°E / 43.51722; 1.41000 (Garonne-Ariège)Coordinates: 43°31′2″N 1°24′36″E / 43.51722°N 1.41000°E / 43.51722; 1.41000 (Garonne-Ariège)
Length164 km (102 mi)
Basin size3,860 km2 (1,490 sq mi)
Discharge 
 - average65 m3/s (2,300 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionGaronneAtlantic Ocean

The Ariège (Occitan: Arièja, Catalan: Arieja) is a 164 km long river in southern France, right tributary of the Garonne. Its source is in the Pyrenees, where it forms part of the border with Andorra. It flows north through the following départements and towns:

It flows into the Garonne in Portet-sur-Garonne, south of Toulouse. If the Latin origin of its name (Aurigera) is to be trusted, the Ariège is supposed to carry gold nuggets.

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