Maule River Flowing by Concepción, Chile36.8S 73W
This orthorectified image shows the city of Concepción, Chile. It is the capital of Concepción Province and of the Biobío Region. Greater Concepción (Gran Concepción, including Talcahuano, San Pedro de la Paz, Hualpén, Chiguayante, Penco, Tomé, Lota, Coronel, Hualqui and Concepción) is the second-largest conurbation in the country, with 889,725 inhabitants (2002 census). This metropolitan area appears bright white in the image.
Flowing across the image is the Maule River, with a length of 240 km and a basin covering around 20,600 km². The river originates in Laguna del Maule in Talca Province, at an altitude of 2,200 mt in the vicinity of the border with Argentina. From that point the rivers flows westwardly, towards Chile’s central valley. In its lower reaches, the river receives only one modest tributary, the Estero de los Puercos and, after flowing for nearly 250 kilometers, the Maule ends at the Pacific Ocean, north of the city of Constitución.