Greater Liakhvi River

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Greater Liakhvi River
Great Liakhvi from Gori Fortress.jpg
Greater Liakhvi in Gori
Native name ლიახვი
Country Georgia (South Ossetia)[1]
Basin
Basin size 4,296 km2 (1,659 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 115 km (71 mi)
Liakhvi River basin

The Greater Liakhvi River (Georgian: ლიახვი, Ossetian: Стыр Леуахи, Styr Leuakhi) is a river in central Georgia, which rises on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in the de facto independent region of South Ossetia and flows into the Kura (Mtkvari) River. The cities of Tskhinvali and Gori lie along the banks of the Great Liakhvi. The river is mainly fed by the melting snows and glacier runoff of the Caucasus Mountains as well as by underground water sources. The Liakhvi reaches its highest water volume in the spring and summer while the lowest volume is recorded in the winter, when some segments of the river freeze over.

The Little Liakhvi River is a tributary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ South Ossetia's status is disputed. It considers itself to be an independent state, but this is recognised by only a few other countries. The Georgian government and most of the world's other states consider South Ossetia de jure a part of Georgia's territory.

Coordinates: 41°58′23″N 44°06′29″E / 41.97306°N 44.10806°E / 41.97306; 44.10806