The Cibin at Gura Râului
|- left||Săliște, Hârtibaciu|
|Source||Confluence of headwaters Râul Mare and Râul Mic|
|- location||Cindrel Mountains|
|- location||near Tălmaciu|
|Length||82 km (51 mi)|
|Basin||2,184 km2 (843 sq mi)|
|- average||14.7 m3/s (519 cu ft/s)|
|Progression||Olt→ Danube→ Black Sea|
Cibin (German: Zibin; Hungarian: Szeben) is a river in central Romania, in the south part of Transylvania. Its source is in the Cindrel Mountains (known also as Cibin Mountains) of the Southern Carpathian Mountains. The river is formed at the confluence of two headwaters: Râul Mare and Râul Mic. The river flows entirely in Sibiu County. The source is close to the highest peak in the Cibin Mountains.
The river forms the depression (Sibiu Depression) in which lies the city of Sibiu, through which it flows. Close to the mountains, the river flows through the Mărginimea Sibiului area, known for its strong Romanian traditions. Two of the biggest communes of Sibiu County – Gura Râului and Orlat – are situated on the river banks.
The economical importance or the river comes from the dam close to Gura Râului, which, besides generating electrical power, represents the biggest source of drinking water for the city of Sibiu. Also a few construction aggregate quarries stations are situated on the river.
The following rivers are tributaries to the river Cibin:
- Administraţia Naţională Apelor Române – Cadastrul Apelor – Bucharest
- Institutul de Meteorologie şi Hidrologie – Rîurile României – Bucharest, 1971
- Trasee turistice – județul Sibiu
Cibin River, at the passing in the city of Sibiu.
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