Mat (river)

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Lake Shkopeti, Albania.jpg
Shkopet reservoir
Physical characteristics
River mouthAdriatic Sea
 - coordinates41°38′12″N 19°34′17″E / 41.63667°N 19.57139°E / 41.63667; 19.57139Coordinates: 41°38′12″N 19°34′17″E / 41.63667°N 19.57139°E / 41.63667; 19.57139
 - elevation0 m (0 ft)
Length115 km (71 mi)[1]
Basin features
Basin size2,441 km2 (942 sq mi)

The Mat (definite Albanian form: Mati) is a river in north-central Albania. Its overall length is 115 km (71 mi), while its catchment surface is 2,441 km2 (942 sq mi).[2][3] The main tributary is Fan, flowing from the northeast, while the Mat flows from the southwest down to the confluence with Fan and then towards the Adriatic Sea.

Mat originates from the confluence of several streams within the karstic mountains in Martanesh, where it forms deep gorges and canyons.[4] Rising in Martanesh, the Mat heads westwards to the municipality of Mat and northwest through the towns of Klos and Burrel. About 10 km (6 mi) downstream from Burrel, it flows into a large reservoir (Liqeni i Ulzës – "Lake Ulëz"). After passing through a hydroelectric dam, it flows through another, smaller reservoir (Liqeni i Shkopetit – "Lake Shkopet") and forms a narrow gorge through the mountain range that separates Mat District from the coastal plains. It enters the plains between Milot and Zejmen.[5]

After a total length of 115 km (71 mi), the Mat flows into the Adriatic Sea near Fushë-Kuqe, between the towns of Lezhë and Laç.

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  1. ^ "TREGUES SIPAS QARQEVE INDICATORS BY PREFECTURES" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  2. ^ Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. "Albania Water Sector Investment Project PHRD Grant No TF093096-AL Consultant Services for Preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan" (PDF). Tirana. p. 40.
  3. ^ "Mati River Basin Management Plan" (PDF). 15 September 2010. p. 17.
  4. ^ "Veçoritë fiziko – gjeografike dhe potenciali ekonomik i zonës Çermenikë – Gollobordë – Martanesh" (PDF). (in Albanian). p. 89.