Tech (river)

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Tech
Pont du Diable - Céret.JPG
Pont du Diable, spanning the Tech, in Céret
Country France
Basin features
Main source Pyrenees
±2,500 m (8,200 ft)
River mouth Mediterranean Sea
42°35′24″N 3°2′43″E / 42.59000°N 3.04528°E / 42.59000; 3.04528 (Mediterranean Sea-Tech)Coordinates: 42°35′24″N 3°2′43″E / 42.59000°N 3.04528°E / 42.59000; 3.04528 (Mediterranean Sea-Tech)
Basin size 750 km2 (290 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 84 km (52 mi)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    9.6 m3/s (340 cu ft/s)

The Tech (French: [tɛk]; Catalan: Tec [ˈtɛk]) is a river in southern France, very close to the French-Spanish border. It runs through a valley in the Pyrénées-Orientales, in the former Roussillon, and is 84 kilometres (52 mi) long. Its source is the Parcigoule Valley, elevation 2,500 metres (8,200 ft), and it feeds the Mediterranean Sea. At Céret, the medieval Devil's bridge, once the largest bridge arch in the world, spans the river in an arc of 45 metres (148 ft) in length.

Geography[edit]

The Tech flows through 25 different towns, from its source to the sea: Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste, Serralongue, Le Tech, Saint-Laurent-de-Cerdans, Montferrer, Corsavy, Arles-sur-Tech, Montbolo, Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda, Reynès, Céret, Saint-Jean-Pla-de-Corts, Maureillas-las-Illas, Le Boulou, Tresserre, Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines, Montesquieu-des-Albères, Banyuls-dels-Aspres, Villelongue-dels-Monts, Brouilla, Ortaffa, Palau-del-Vidre, Elne and Argelès-sur-Mer. It flows into the Mediterranean Sea between Saint-Cyprien and Argelès-sur-Mer, southeast of Perpignan.[1]

In culture[edit]

Poetry
  • (French) Ode au Tech [Ode to the Tech] (1912), a poem by the writer Marc Anfossi.[2].

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IGN Map on www.geoportail.fr
  2. ^ (French) Fabricio Cardenas, Vieux papiers des Pyrénées-Orientales, Ode au Tech en 1912, 29 May 2015