Ural River


Ural River

Infobox River | river_name = Ural River


caption = Map of the Ural River watershed
origin = Russia
mouth = Caspian Sea
basin_countries = Russia, Kazakhstan
length = 2,428 km (1,509 mi)
elevation =
discharge = 400 m³/s
watershed = 231,000 km² (89,190 mi²)
The Ural ( _ru. Урал, Kazakh: "Жайық", Jayıq or "Zhayyq"), known as Yaik before 1775, is a river flowing through Russia and Kazakhstan. It arises in the southern Ural Mountains and ends at the Caspian Sea. Its total length is 1,509 mi (2,428 km). It forms part of the traditional boundary between Europe and Asia.It arises on the eastern side of the Ural Mountains, flows south through Magnitogorsk, and around the southern end of the Urals, through Orsk where it turns west for about 300 km, to Orenburg, when the Sakmara River joins. From Orenburg it continues west, passing into Kazakhstan, then turning south again at Oral, and meandering through a broad flat plain until it reaches the Caspian at Atyrau.

Tributaries, in order going upstream:
* Cagan River
* Irtek River
* Utva River
* Ilek River
** Bol'saja Chobda
* Kindel'a River
* Sakmara River
** Salmys River
* Or River
* Suunduk River


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