Pasión River


Pasión River

Infobox River
river_name = Pasión river (Río la Pasión)


caption =
origin = Guatemala (Alta Verapaz, El Petén)
mouth = Tributary of the Usumacinta River
basin_countries = Guatemala
length = 354 km
elevation =
mouth_elevation =
discharge = 322.8 m³/s (El Porvenir)
watershed =
The Pasión River ( _es. Río la Pasión) is a river located in the northern lowlands region of Guatemala. The river is fed by a number of upstream tributaries whose sources lie in the hills of Alta Verapaz. These flow in a general northerly direction to form the Pasión, which then tends westwards to meet up with the Salinas River at coord|16.481193|-90.544167|type:landmark_region:GT|display=inline,title|name=Convergence Salinas and Pasión rivers. At this confluence the greater Usumacinta River is formed, which runs northward to its eventual outlet in the Gulf of Mexico. [cite web | url=http://www.insivumeh.gob.gt/hidrologia/rios%20de%20guate.htm | publisher= | title=Principales ríos de Guatemala | author=INSIVUMEH | access | format=]

The riverine drainage system of the Pasión and its tributaries covers an area of over 5,000 km², and forms a watershed for a substantial portion of the present-day Guatemalan department of Petén's western half. [Houston (1993), p.11.] [INSIVUMEH data suggest the river basin covers a territory of 12,156 km². cite web | url=http://www.insivumeh.gob.gt/hidrologia/rios%20de%20guate.htm | publisher= | title=Principales ríos de Guatemala | author=INSIVUMEH | access | format=]

The Pasión river basin is recognized as an archaeological region or zone, and contains a number of archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, which to an extent shared some commonalities in Maya architectural style, political history and glyphic conventions. Maya ceremonial and urban centers located within the region include Dos Pilas, Tamarindito, Altar de Sacrificios, Aguateca, Seibal and Machaquila. [ See Houston (1993) "fig.2-1", also pp.10–14.]

ee also

* Petexbatún

Notes

References

*cite book |author=aut|Houston, Stephen D. |authorlink=Stephen D. Houston |year=1993 |title=Hieroglyphs and History at Dos Pilas: Dynastic Politics of the Classic Maya |publisher=University of Texas Press |location=Austin |id=ISBN 0-292-73855-2


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