761 km (473 mi)
discharge 377 m
2 (47,000 sq mi)
Pina, Yaselda, Tsna, Lan, Sluch, Ptsich, Braginka
Horyn, Stokhid, Styr, Turija, Ubort, Zhelon, Slovechna, Uzh
Pripyat River at
Pripyat River or Prypiat River ( Ukrainian: Прип’ять, pronounced ; [ˈprɪpjɑtʲ] Belarusian: Прыпяць, Prypiać, ; [ˈprɨpʲat͡sʲ] Polish: , Prypeć ; [ˈprɨpɛtɕ] Russian: Припять, ) is a river in [ˈprʲipʲɪtʲ] Eastern Europe, approximately 761 km (473 mi) long. It flows east through [1 ] Ukraine, Belarus, and Ukraine again, draining into the Dnieper.
Overview [ edit ]
The Pripyat passes through
the exclusion zone established around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The city of Prypiat, Ukraine (population 45,000) was completely evacuated after the Chernobyl disaster.
Pripyat has catchment area of 121,000 km
2 (47,000 sq mi), 50,900 km 2 (19,700 sq mi) of which are in Belarus. 495 km (308 mi) of the whole river length lies within territory of Belarus. [1 ]
Name etymology [ edit ]
Max Vasmer in his etymological dictionary notes that the historical name of the river mentioned in the earliest East Slavic document, is Primary Chronicle Pripet (Припеть) and cites the opinion of other linguists that the name meant "tributary", comparing with Greek and Latin roots. He also rejects some opinions which were improperly based on the stem -пять, rather that original -петь. [2 ]
It might also derive from the local word
pripech used for a river with sandy banks. [3 ]
See also [ edit ]
(in Russian, English and Polish) Ye.N.Meshechko, A.A.Gorbatsky (2005)
Belarusian Polesye: Tourist Transeuropean Water Mains, Minsk, Four Quarters, (in Belorussian, Russian and English) T.A.Khvagina (2005)
POLESYE from the Bug to the Ubort, Minsk Vysheysha shkola, ISBN 985-06-1153-7.
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
Media related to at Wikimedia Commons Pripyat River
Coordinates: 51°09′31″N 30°29′27″E / 51.15861°N 30.49083°E