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Pages: 27. Chapters: Agglomeration community of
Arles-Crau-Camargue-Montagnette, Agglomeration community of Pays
d'Aubagne et de l'Etoile, Alpilles, Arc (Provence), Bayeux (river),
Calanque, Calanque de Morgiou, Cosquer Cave, Durance, Etang de
Berre, Etang de Vaccares, Garlaban, Glanum, Huveaune, Montagne
Sainte-Victoire, Mont Puget, Parc naturel regional de Camargue,
Prignon, Rhone, Sainte-Baume, Touloubre, Trinquetaille. Excerpt:
The Durance (Durenca in Occitan or Durenco in Mistralian) is a
major river in south-eastern France. Its source is in the
south-western Alps, in Montgenevre ski resort near Briancon and it
flows south-west through the following departements and cities: The
Durance's main tributaries are the Bleone and Verdon rivers. The
Durance itself is a tributary of the Rhone River and flows into the
Rhone near Avignon. The Durance is the second longest (after the
Saone) of the tributaries of the Rhone and the third largest in
terms of its flow (after the Saone and Isere). The Durance is
documented in Ancient Greek as and in Latin as (1st century), (854,
1271) and (1127). The traditional forms are probably derivatives of
*D rantia, based on the Celtic "dour" (water) and suffix "ant"
(stream). The Latin form ("hard") changed into the Old French
"dur." Similar names are found in the names of many rivers in the
Western Alps: Dora in Italy, Dranse in Haute-Savoie, and the Drome
in south-eastern France. All these rivers have their sources in
mountains, and are fast-running. The Durance retains its name
rather than either the Claree or Guisane, even though the latter
two are longer than the Durance when they each merge. The Durance
is better known than the other two rivers because the Durance
valley is an old and important trade route, whereas the valleys of
the Claree and Guisane are effectively dead ends. Confluence with
the RhoneThe Durance is 305 kilometres (190 mi) long from its
source at the foot of Sommet des Anges, at 2,390 metres (7,840 ft)
high, above Montgenevre, to its confluence with the Rhone. However,
a longer route is traced by the Claree-Durance system with a length
of 325 kilometres (202 mi). Its descent is unusually rapid at 81
m/km (165 ft/mi) in its first 12 km (7.5 mi), then 15 m/km (30
ft/mi) to its confluence with the Gyronde, and then still nearly 8
m/km (16 ft/mi) to the confluence with the Ubaye. This descent
stays relatively steep after this confluence, then
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