The Rivers Of France

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History

 

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Lucille E

 

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June 21, 2016

 

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University

 

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The regime of the Rhone is complex. Near Lyon the Rhone and its important Isere and Drome tributaries, draining from the Alps, have a marked late spring-early summer peak caused by the melting of snow and ice. While this peak is generally characteristic of the river as a whole, it is considerably modified by the contribution of the Saone, of the Durance, and of some tributaries in the Mediterranean south as a result of the fall-winter rainfall peak...
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Thus the powerful Rhone has a remarkably ample flow in all seasons. The course of the river and the local water tables has been much modified by a series of dams to generate power and to permit navigation to Lyon. The Rhone also supplies cooling water to a series of atomic power stations. West of the Rhone, the Bas Rhone-Languedoc canal, constructed after World War II to provide irrigation, has proved to be an essential element in the remarkable urban and industrial development of Languedoc...
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