Dora Baltea

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Dora Baltea / Doire Baltée
Baltea a rondissone.jpg
The river near Rondissone
LocationDoraBalteaRiver.png
Dora baltea location within northern Italy
Country Italy, Switzerland[1]
Basin
Main source Entrèves near Courmayeur
1,400 m (4,600 ft)
River mouth Po River near Crescentino
Basin size 3,890.52 km2 (1,502 sq mi)[2]
Physical characteristics
Length 168.3 km (105 mi)[3]
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    (mouth) 96.0 m3/s (3,390 cu ft/s)[2]
The river at Ivrea

Dora Baltea (Italian: [ˈdɔːra ˈbaltea]) or Doire Baltée (French: [dwaʁ balte]) (Latin: Duria maior or Duria Bautica;[4] Arpitan: Djouire (Valdôtain); Piedmontese: Deura Bàotia), is a river in northern Italy. It is a left-hand tributary of the Po River and is about 170 kilometres (110 mi) long.

Geography[edit]

It originates by Mont Blanc as the confluence of the Dora di Ferret, fed by the Pré de Bar Glacier in Val Ferret, and the Dora di Veny, fed by the Miage Glacier in Val Veny.

As it crosses the Aosta Valley, the Dora Baltea flows through the city of Aosta (where the Buthier runs into it) and near all the main cities of the lower Aosta Valley: Châtillon, Saint-Vincent, Verrès and Pont-Saint-Martin. After it enters Piedmont, it passes through the city of Ivrea and a good part of Canavese, gets from its right hand the waters of the Chiusella and reaches the Po at Crescentino, a little downstream from Chivasso.

Water uses[edit]

It is a popular place for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Early in the summer, in May and June, the rivers are usually high with snow melt from the mountains. During July, August and September the water levels are usually lower and the temperature warmer.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ of very limited extension (south of the Great St Bernard Pass)
  2. ^ a b AA.VV. (2004). "Elaborato I.c/7". Piano di Tutela delle Acque - Revisione del 1º luglio 2004; Caratterizzazione bacini Idrografici (PDF). Regione Piemonte. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  3. ^ AA.VV. (2004). "Elaborato I.c/5". Piano di Tutela delle Acque - Revisione del 1º luglio 2004; Caratterizzazione bacini Idrografici (PDF). Regione Piemonte. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  4. ^ Dòra Bàltea, on-line article on www.sapere.it

Coordinates: 45°11′N 8°03′E / 45.183°N 8.050°E / 45.183; 8.050