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Rivers and lakes in Armenia

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Rivers and lakes in Armenia


The Rivers and lakes in Armenia are mainly powered by fresh water. Throughout history Armenia has been called Nairi by the Assyrians meaning the "Land of the lakes and rivers". The Armenia is home to many rivers and lakes.

The largest river of the Republic of Armenia is the Araks, which lies on the country's border with Iran and a large part of the border with Turkey. Its major tributaries are the Akhurian, Kasagh, Hrazdan, Azat, Arpa, Vorotan and Voghdji rivers. The largest rivers in north west part of the country are the Debed and Aghstev, while smaller ones include the Dzoraget and the Pambak.

There are not very many lakes in Armenia: there is one very large lake called Lake Sevan and there are more than 100 small mountain lakes. None of them, except Sevan and Lake Arpi, have yet been extensively studied. The water resources of the lakes amount to about 39,300 million cu m, Sevan holding most of this, nearly 39,000 million cu m (before the drainage it had almost 58,000 million cu m).

The following table is the list of the biggest rivers in Armenia:

River Length (km)
Akhurian River 205
Vorotan River 179
Araks River 158
Hrazdan River 146
Arpa River 126
Aghstev River 99
Debed River 92
Kasagh River 89
Voghdji River 88
Pambak River 86
Dzoraget River 71
Getik River 58
Vedi River 58
Azat River 56
Argitchi River 51
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