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COLOMBIAN geography - II
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MAJOR RIVERS that COLOMBIA There are numerous important rivers in Colombia. The significant ones are: the Magdalena River, Cauca River, Caquetá, Putumayo, Guaviare, Meta and also the Atrato Rivers.

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THE MAGDALENA river is the most crucial commercial waterway in Colombia, and also a resource of electrical power and also natural beauty. That originates in the southern an ar of the country, near the Magdalena Lake in Páramo de ras Papas the the Colombian Massif. The Magdalena flow flows northwards through Colombian territory to the Caribbean Sea in Bocas de Ceniza. Its complete length is 1,558 km, navigable without interruption for about 1,300 km. It is the longest Inter-Andean river in south America. Its container has an area that 256,622 square kilometres. The has around 500 tributary rivers and much more than 5,000 streams drainpipe into it.

THE CAUCA river starts in the Colombian Massif close to Laguna del Buey, flow northwards between the western and main cordilleras come its mouth in ~ the Magdalena flow in Bolívar department. With a size of 1,350 km and a navigable area of around 620 km, the Cauca flow is the second longest in the country. THE CAQUETÁ flow flows eastwards through southerly Colombia for around 2,200 kilometres from its source in Páramo de las Papas in the Colombian Massif, to its junction through the Amazon River.

THE PUTUMAYO RIVER starts its food in Nudo de los Pastos and flows 1,800 kilometres eastwards, serving together a border in between Colombia and Peru and between Colombia and also Ecuador. That is a major transportation artery, navigable for nearly its complete length. The Putumayo is a key tributary of the Amazon River.

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THE GUAVIARE RIVER, through a size of around 1,350 km, is formed at the junction the the Ariari and Guayabero Rivers in the Cordillera asian in the western part of Meta department. that meanders east-northeastward in between Vichada and Guainia departments till it joins the Orinoco River.

THE META flow is the key river the the Colombian Eastern levels (Llanos Orientales), through a full length that 1,200 km. That is developed in Meta department by the junction the the Humea, Guayuriba and also Guatiquia Rivers. It operation east-northeastward throughout the Eastern levels to that mouth at the Orinoco River.

THE ATRATO river is 700 kilometres long and holds the greatest volume of water of any river in Colombia. It originates in the Cordillera Occidental and flows into the Gulf the Urabá in the Caribbean Sea.

CIÉNAGAS = SWAMPS there are about 1,900 swamps the cover much more than 7,800 square kilometre of the Colombian territory. REPRESA = DAM - = EMBALSE = RESERVOIR LAGO = LAKE - LAGUNA = minor LAKE