Ain (river)

river in eastern France

The Ain (in Franco-Provençal: En) is a river in eastern France. It is a right tributary of the Rhône river. It gave its name to the French department of Ain.

Ain
En
L'Ain (bassin du Rhône) (carte).jpg
Course of the Ain.
Location
CountryFrance
Physical characteristics
Source 
 - locationJura mountains
 - coordinates46°44′58″N 6°1′24″E / 46.74944°N 6.02333°E / 46.74944; 6.02333 (source Ain)
 - elevation± 700 m (2,300 ft)
Mouth 
 - locationRhône
 - coordinates45°47′45″N 5°10′10″E / 45.79583°N 5.16944°E / 45.79583; 5.16944 (Rhône-Ain)Coordinates: 45°47′45″N 5°10′10″E / 45.79583°N 5.16944°E / 45.79583; 5.16944 (Rhône-Ain)
Length190 km (120 mi)
Basin size3,630 km2 (1,400 sq mi)
Discharge 
 - average130 m3/s (4,600 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionRhôneMediterranean Sea

GeographyEdit

The Ain river has a length of 190 km (118.1 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of 3,765 km2 (1,454 sq mi).[1]

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 121 m3/s (4,300 cu ft/s) at Chazey-sur-Ain in the Ain department.[2]

CourseEdit

The source of the Ain is a karst spring (a spring that is part of a karst system) in the Jura mountains, between the Conte an the La Favière communes (Jura department), at an altitude of about 680 m (2,231 ft).[3] From here, the Ain flows to the south.

The Ain river flows through 2 regions, 2 departments and 66 communes. It flows through the following communes, among others:[1]

Finally, it flows into the Rhône river in the commune of Saint-Maurice-de-Gourdans, on the border with the Isère department.[4]

Main tributariesEdit

The main tributaries of the Ain river are:[1]

GalleryEdit

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "L'Ain (V2--0200)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  2. "L'Ain à Chazey-sur-Ain" (in French). Banque Hydro. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  3. "Source de l'Ain" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  4. "Confluence de l'Ain" (in French). Géoportail. Retrieved 9 November 2016.

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