Venta (river)

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Venta
Venta pie Kuldīgas 2009-08-09.jpg
The Venta river in Kuldīga
Location
CountryLatvia (67%), Lithuania (33%)
Physical characteristics
Source 
 ⁃ locationnear Užventis, Lithuania
Mouth 
 ⁃ location
Baltic Sea at Ventspils, Latvia.
Length346 km (215 mi) (178 km or 111 mi in Latvia)
Basin size11,800 km2 (4,600 sq mi)
Discharge 
 ⁃ average44 m3/s (1,600 cu ft/s)

The Venta (Latvian pronunciation [ˈvænta], Lithuanian [venˈta] (About this soundlisten), German: Windau, Polish: Windawa, Livonian Vǟnta joug) is a river in north-western Lithuania and western Latvia. Its source is near Kuršėnai in the Lithuanian Šiauliai County. It flows into the Baltic Sea at Ventspils in Latvia.

Mouth of Venta in Ventspils

Towns along the Venta include Mažeikiai (Lithuania), Kuldīga and Ventspils (Latvia). It has only one tributary longer than 100 km, the Abava. Other major tributaries include the Virvyčia (99.7 km) and the Varduva (96 km), which flows into the Venta at the Lithuanian-Latvian border.

Smaller tributaries include the Avižlys, which runs for 20 kilometers and flows into the Venta River[1] at Akmenė district municipality, Šiauliai County, northern Lithuania.

Map over the river

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKOS UPIŲ IR TVENKINIŲ KLASIFIKATORIUS (Republic of Lithuania- River and Pond Classifications)" (PDF) (in Lithuanian). Ministry of Environment (Lithuania). Retrieved 2011-11-03.

Coordinates: 57°23′44″N 21°32′40″E / 57.39556°N 21.54444°E / 57.39556; 21.54444