Mundo (river)

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Río Mundo
Los Chorros Río Mundo.JPG
Source of the Mundo River
Country Spain
Basin features
Main source South of Riópar, Province of Albacete
1,300 m (4,300 ft)
River mouth 300 m (980 ft)
Basin size 766 km2 (296 sq mi)[1]
Physical characteristics
Length 150 km (93 mi)[1]
  • Average rate:
    20 m3/s (710 cu ft/s)[1]

The Mundo is a river in south-eastern Spain. It originates slightly south of Riópar in the mountain plateau Calar del Mundo. From there it flows towards Riopar and then westwards until it joins the Segura south of Hellín.[2]

The Mundo has a length of 150 km and a drainage area of 766 km2.[1] The river receives most of its tributaries including the Rio de la Vega, the Rio de los Vadillos and the Rio de Bogarra during its upper course and only the Arroyo de Tobarra its lower course.[2] There are two reservoirs along its course, the Talave reservoir with a volume of 34 cubic hectometres and the Camarillas reservoir with a volume of 36.5 cubic hectometres. At the Talave reservoir the Mundo receives additional water from a 250 km long aqueduct that delivers it from reservoirs of the Tagus river.[3] The Camarillas reservoir triggered a serious of small quakes when it was first filled in spring 1961, but such seismic activity finally ceased in spring 1962. [4]

The Mundo river is well known for its picturesque source, which is considered to be of the world most beautiful river sources. The river originates from a cave in the middle of a tall cliff and forms a waterfall with a height of almost 100 meters, subsequently the river forms a series of smaller cascades and pools. The cave itself is about 15 meters wide and 25 meters high and constitutes the end of a large cave system under the Calar del Mundo. [5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d EL RÍO MUNDO, PRINCIPAL AFLUENTE DEL SEGURA auf (retrieved 2012-12-8)
  2. ^ a b map of hydrographic network and infrastructures auf (retrieved 2012-12-8)
  3. ^ Juan B. Marco, R. Harboe: Stochastic Hydrology and Its Use in Water Resources Systems Simulation and Optimization. Springer 1993, ISBN 0792322886, S. 248 (Auszug (Google), p. 428, at Google Books)
  4. ^ William C. Ackermann: Man-Made Lakes: Their Problems and Environmental Effects. American Geophysical Union, 1973, S. 448 (Auszug (Google), p. 448, at Google Books)
  5. ^ Rolf Neuhaus: Wann birst die Welt? at on 2012-12-5 (German)

Coordinates: 38°18′53″N 1°40′09″W / 38.31472°N 1.66917°W / 38.31472; -1.66917