Limay River


The Limay River is an important
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in the northwestern
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(the region of Comahue). It originates at the eastern end of the Nahuel Huapi Lake and flows in a meandering path for about , collecting the waters of several tributary, tributaries, such as the Traful River, the Pichileufú and the Collón Curá. It then meets the Neuquén River and together they become the Río Negro (Argentina), Río Negro. At this confluence lies the city of Neuquén. The river serves as natural border between the provinces of Argentina, provinces of Río Negro Province, Río Negro and Neuquén Province, Neuquén. Its deep waters are clear, and carry a large flow, on average. Its drainage basin has an area of and includes almost all the rivers and streams of the Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic basin in the region, as well as an extensive network of lakes. The waters of the Limay are used to generate hydroelectricity at the five dams built on its course: Alicurá Dam, Alicurá, Piedra del Águila Dam, Piedra del Águila, Pichi Picún Leufú Dam, Pichi Picún Leufú, El Chocón Dam, El Chocón, and Arroyito Dam, Arroyito; together with the Cerros Colorados Complex on the Neuquén River they constitute more than one quarter of Argentina's total hydroelectric power generation. The construction of the successive dams and reservoirs has reduced the length of the river, which originally measured about . In the 1980s the only heavy water plant in South America was constructed next to the river at the town of Arroyito, Neuquén, Arroyito. The river is also used for fly fishing; in some locations its banks are suitable as beach resorts, with facilities for camping. The origin of the word comes from the Mapuche indians and it means, crystalline, that you could see to the bottom.


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* Colbert E. Cushing, Kenneth W. Cummins, G. Wayne Minshall: ''River and Stream Ecosystems of the World: With a New Introduction''. University of California Press 2006, , S. 280ff
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— ''Río Limay''

Ministry of Environment
— Hydrological basins of Argentina.
Ministry of Economy
— Provincial Economic Overview, Neuquén, August 2005. {{Authority control Rivers of Río Negro Province Rivers of Neuquén Province Rivers of Argentina