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Selenga River (Селенга
Primary source Delgermörön River
Secondary source Ider River
Source confluence Olon golyn bilchir
 - location Khövsgöl, Mongolia
 - coordinates 15|40|N|100|40|45|E|type:river_region: name=


Mouth Lake Baikal
Length 992 km (616 mi)
Basin 447,000 km2 (172,588 sq mi)
Discharge for Ust-Kyakhta
 - average 284 m3/s (10,029 cu ft/s)
 - max 601 m3/s (21,224 cu ft/s) August
 - min 23 m3/s (812 cu ft/s) February

The Selenga River (Selenge River, Chinese: 薛延河江, 偰輦河江, Mongolian: Сэлэнгэ мөрөн, Selenge mörön; Buryat: Сэлэнгэ гол, Selenge gol, Сэлэнгэ мүрэн, Selenge müren; Russian: Селенга́) is a major river in Mongolia and Buryatia, Russia. Its source rivers are the Ider River and the Delgermörön river. It flows into Lake Baikal and has a length of 616 miles (992 km)[1][2] (1024 km according to other sources[3]). The Selenga River is the headwaters of the Yenisei-Angara River system. It carries 935 m³/s of water into Lake Baikal which comprises almost half of riverine inflow and forms a wide delta when it reaches the lake (680 km²).

The name derives from Evenki sele 'iron' + -nga (suffix).[4] Selenge Province in northern Mongolia is derived from the name of this river. The Mongolian verb "sele-" means swim.

The nomadic tribes Xueyantuo (薛延陀) started from the Selenga River.

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