Gabas (river)

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Gabas
Country France
Basin features
Main source Plateau of Ger
River mouth Adour
43°45′41″N 0°42′9″W / 43.76139°N 0.70250°W / 43.76139; -0.70250 (Adour-Louts)Coordinates: 43°45′41″N 0°42′9″W / 43.76139°N 0.70250°W / 43.76139; -0.70250 (Adour-Louts)
Progression AdourAtlantic Ocean
Physical characteristics
Length 117 km (73 mi)

The Gabas, is a left tributary of the Adour, in the Landes, in the Southwest of France.

Name[edit]

The name Gabas is derived from the French 'gave'[1] (Gascon: 'gabe'), which in the Pyrenees generically describes a small or large watercourse. The river was known as the fluvius gavasensis in 982.[2]

A tributary of the Léez is named the Gabassot, an hypocoristic of Gabas.

Geography[edit]

The Gabas rises in the plateau of Ger in the north of Lourdes, as the union of the Gabastou and the Honrède. It flows north-west like the neighboring rivers: the Luy, the Uzan and the Ousse.

The Gabas crosses the Tursan, in the Landes. It flows into the Adour in Toulouzette, downstream from Saint-Sever.

A dam of 20 million cubic metres (16,000 acre·ft) was built in its upper course to regulate the lowest water level.


Main tributaries[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ fr:Gave
  2. ^ cartulary of Saint-Sever.