Medveditsa River (Don basin)
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Medveditsa River near Atkarsk
|Country||Volgograd and Saratov Oblast, Russia|
|Main source||Volga Uplands|
|River mouth||Don River|
|Basin size||34,700 km2 (13,400 sq mi)|
|Length||745 km (463 mi)|
Medveditsa (Russian: Медведица) is a river in Volgograd and Saratov Oblasts in Russia, a left tributary of the Don River. The name means she-bear, and according to legend alludes to the large population of bears in the area in earlier times. It is 745 kilometres (463 mi) long, with a drainage basin of 34,700 square kilometres (13,400 sq mi).
The river has its sources on the Volga Uplands, in the northeastern parts of Saratov Oblast, and flows mainly in a southwestern direction. It joins the river Don in Volgograd Oblast. Its largest tributaries are, from the right: Balanda and Tersa, and from the left: Idolga, Karamysh and Archeda.
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