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Kuban and Bolshaya Laba Rivers by the Caucasus Mountains, Russia

44.2N 42.2E

December 8th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Georgia - November 24th, 2009

Georgia - November 24th, 2009

The Kuban River flows down from the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia and into Russia, just west of Lake Kubanskoye (upper right quadrant). It flows through the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Stavropol Krai, Krasnodar Krai, and the Republic of Adygea.

The Kuban flows 870 km north and west from its source near Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus Mountains, eventually reaching the Temryuk Bay of the Sea of Azov. The area of its drainage basin is 57,900 km². It is navigable along most of its length.

A left tributary of the Kuban, the Bolshaya Laba River, is visible in the upper left quadrant. It is a 214 km long river in Russia’s North Caucasus that flows through Krasnodar Krai and the Republic of Adygea. The Bolshaya Laba meets the Kuban in Ust-Labinsk. It is used for irrigation and timber floating, and is also suitable for rafting.

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