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Saint Lawrence River

large river in eastern Canada and the United States, flowing into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
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The Saint Lawrence River (French: fleuve Saint-Laurent; Tuscarora: Kahnawáʼkye;[2] Mohawk: Kaniatarowanenneh, meaning "big waterway") is a big river in eastern North America. It flows between the Canadian province of Ontario and the American state of New York, and through the Canadian province of Quebec.

Saint Lawrence River
Fleuve Saint-Laurent, Fleuve St-Laurent, St-Lawrence River, St-Laurent River
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Saint Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay
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Map of the Saint Lawrence/Great Lakes Watershed
EtymologySaint Lawrence of Rome
Location
CountryCanada, United States
ProvincesOntario, Quebec
StateNew York
Physical characteristics
SourceLake Ontario
 - locationKingston, Ontario / Cape Vincent, New York
 - coordinates44°06′N 76°24′W / 44.100°N 76.400°W / 44.100; -76.400
 - elevation74.7 m (245 ft)
MouthGulf of St. Lawrence / Atlantic Ocean
 - locationQuebec, Canada
 - coordinates49°30′N 64°30′W / 49.500°N 64.500°W / 49.500; -64.500Coordinates: 49°30′N 64°30′W / 49.500°N 64.500°W / 49.500; -64.500
 - elevation0 m (0 ft)
Length500 km (310 mi)Excluding the estuary. Ca. 1200 km if included.
Basin size1,344,200 km2 (519,000 sq mi)[1]
Discharge 
 - locationbelow the Saguenay River
 - average16,800 m3/s (590,000 cu ft/s)

The river drains water from the Great Lakes into the Atlantic Ocean. It is more than three thousand kilometres long. The river meets the Atlantic Ocean in a big "estuary" or bay, the biggest in the world; this is called the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

The Canadian cities of Kingston, Montreal, Trois-Rivières and Quebec City are on this river. It is very important because ships can sail up the river and through the Great Lakes right into the middle of North America. It is the third largest river in Canada.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Natural Resources Canada, Atlas of Canada - Rivers
  2. Rudes, B. Tuscarora English Dictionary Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999

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