- White Drin
Infobox River | river_name = White Drin
Drini i Bardhë
caption = Bridge "Ura e Fshejte" on the White Drin river
Žljebmountain, north of Pejë, Kosovo
mouth = with
Black Drinforms the Drin, at Kukës, Albania
length = convert|175|km|mi|abbr=on
discharge = convert|56|m3/s|cuft/s|abbr=on|lk=on
watershed = convert|4964|km2|sqmi|abbr=on
The White Drin ( _sq. Drini i Bardhë, _sr. Бели Дрим) is a river in
Kosovoand northern Albania, a convert|175|km|mi|adj=on-long headstream of the Drin.
The Kosovo section of the White Drin flows entirely in the semi-
karst Dukagjinipart of Kosovo, in an arc-shaped convert|156|km|mi|adj=on-long course. The river originates in the southern slopes of the Žljebmountain, north of the town of Pejë. The stream is originally a sinking river which eventually springs out from the strong well and falls down as a convert|25|m|ft|adj=on-high waterfallnear the village of Radovac.
The White Drin first flows to the east, next to the spa of Banja e Pejës and the villages of Banjica, Trbuhovac and Zlokućan. The rest of the course is through the very fertile and densely populated central section of Metohija (
Podrimaregion), but oddly, there is not even one large settlement on the river itself, despite many smaller villages on the river. The largest cities are kilometers away from the river ( Pejë, Gjakova, Prizren) while some smaller towns Klinaare closer to it.
The White Drin receives many relatively long tributaries: Lumi I Bardhë, Lumbardhi i Deçanit, Prue potok, and
Erenikfrom the right; Istočka, Klina, Mirusha, Rimnik, Toplluga and Lumbardhi i Prizrenit from the left.
The Kosovar part of the White Drin basin comprises convert|4360|km2|sqmi|abbr=on. Here the waters of the river are used for waterworks of the big nearby towns, irrigation and power production (especially its right tributaries). At the Vrbnica-Shalqin
border crossing, the river enters the eastern Albanian region of Trektan.
The Albanian section of the river is convert|19|km|mi|abbr=on long with the drainage area of convert|604|km2|sqmi|abbr=on. There are no settlements on the river and it receives the
Lumëriver from the left (which also originates in Metohija, from several rivers in the Gora region). Finally, the White Drin reaches the town of Kukëswhere it meets the Black Drinand forms the Drin, which flows into the Adriatic Sea; thus the White Drin belongs to the Adriatic Sea drainage basin. The river is not navigable.
The entire Albanian section (and part of the Kosovan) is flooded by the artificial Fierza lake ("see Drin controversy").
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* Jovan Đ. Marković (1990): "Enciklopedijski geografski leksikon Jugoslavije"; Svjetlost-Sarajevo; ISBN 86-01-02651-6
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