Poprad (river)

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The Poprad by Spišská Belá in Kežmarok district
The Poprad forming the Polish-Slovak border

The Poprad (Hungarian: Poprád, German: Popper) is a river in northern Slovakia and southern Poland, and a tributary of the Dunajec River near Stary Sącz, Poland. It has a length of 170 kilometres (63 km of which, are within the Polish borders, making it Poland's 22nd longest river) and a basin area of 2,077 km², (1,594 km² of which is in Slovakia, and 483 km² in Poland). Much of the Polish part of its basin is included in the protected area called Poprad Landscape Park featuring the Poprad River Gorge, a popular tourist destination between the towns of Piwniczna and Rytro.

Poprad is the only large Slovak river flowing north into southern Poland. The river flows through the Slovak towns of Poprad, Kežmarok, Stará Ľubovňa, then forms for 31.1 km the Polish-Slovak border and flows through the Polish towns of Krynica-Zdrój, Muszyna, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Rytro, Stary Sącz, and Żegiestów, among others.

Etymology[edit]

The name is derived from a Proto-Slavic verb pręd- (to flow fast, to jump), preserved in the Slovak words priasť, pradenie (to spin, spinning).[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ondruš 1991, p. 231.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ondruš, Šimon (1991). "Ešte raz o pôvode tatranskej rieky Poprad" (PDF). Slovenská reč. Bratislava: Veda, Vydavateľstvo Slovenskej akadémie vied (4). 
  • Zofia Radwańska-Paryska, Witold Henryk Paryski; Wielka encyklopedia tatrzańska. Poronin: Wydawnictwo Górskie, 2004. ISBN 83-7104-009-1.
  • Beskid Sądecki. Mapa 1:50 000. Piwniczna: Agencja Wyd. „Wit”. ISBN 83-915737-3-7.
  • Jerzy Kondracki, Geografia regionalna Polski. Warszawa: Wyd. Naukowe PWN, 1998. ISBN 83-01-12479-2.

Coordinates: 49°35′N 20°39′E / 49.583°N 20.650°E / 49.583; 20.650