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The extension of the basin of the river is about 569 square kilometers.
Giozzo and Maroglio are its main tributary rivers.
The name Gela (Γέλα) probably comes from the Greek verb γελάω "I smile/laugh".
- (both are mentioned by Virgil, in the third book of Aeneid: <<...Immanisque Gela fluvii cognomine dicta...>>)