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Albania is a small predominantly mountainous country between Southern and Southeastern Europe, facing the Adriatic and Ionian seas within the Mediterranean sea. Albania has more than 152 rivers and streams, forming at least 8 large rivers flowing from southeast to northwest, mainly discharging towards the Adriatic coast. The rivers of Albania are characterized by a high flow rate.[1][2]

A majority of the precipitation that falls on Albania, drains into the rivers and reaches the coast on the west without even leaving the country. In the north, only one small stream escapes Albania. In the south, an even smaller rivulet drains into Greece. Due to the topographical divide is east of the border with the Republic of Macedonia. An extensive portion of the basin of the White Drin, basin is in the Dukagjin region, across the northeastern border with Kosovo. The Lake of Ohrid, Lake of Prespa and the Small Lake of Prespa on the southeast, as well as the streams that flow into them, drain into the Black Drin. The watershed divide in the south also dips nearly 75 km (47 mi) into Greece at one point. Several tributaries of the Vjosa River rise in that area. About 65% of their watershed lies within the Albanian territory. The water temperature ranges from 3.5 to 8.9° C in the winter, and from 17.8 to 24.6° C in the summer months.

List of the ten longest rivers in Albania

  Protected Landscape Area or part of a Protected Landscape Area
Rank Name Image Length Nearest cities Location
1 Drin
Drini
Lake komani 2016 Albania.jpg 285 km (177 mi) Kukës, Shkodër, Lezhë
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List of rivers of Albania
2 Vjosa
Vjosë
VjosaBeiÇarshovë.JPG 272 km (169 mi) Përmet, Këlcyrë, Tepelenë, Memaliaj, Levan
List of rivers of Albania is located in Albania
List of rivers of Albania
3 Devoll
Devolli
Devoll valley in Gramsh district - Mapillary (gA54JiQ1NjlOwWNJXuurpQ).jpg 196 km (122 mi) Bilisht, Maliq, Gramsh, Kuçova
List of rivers of Albania is located in Albania
List of rivers of Albania
4 Shkumbin
Shkumbini
Shkumbin.jpg 181 km (112 mi) Librazhd, Elbasan, Cërrik, Peqin, Rrogozhina
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List of rivers of Albania
5 Osum
Osumi
Berat UNESCO 2016 Albania.jpg 161 km (100 mi) Erseka, Çorovoda, Berat, Kuçova
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List of rivers of Albania
6 Mat
Mati
E851WeekendTirana2015 FanValley 626.jpg 115 km (71 mi) Burrel, Milot
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List of rivers of Albania
7 Erzen
Erzeni
River Erzen close to Iba.jpg 109 km (68 mi) Shijak
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List of rivers of Albania
8 Fan
Fani
Rubik, Albania.jpg 94 km (58 mi) Rrëshen, Rubik
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List of rivers of Albania
9 Seman
Semani
Fier from the air.jpg 85 km (53 mi) Fier, Kuçovë
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List of rivers of Albania
10 Drino
Drino
River Drino close to Tepelena.jpg 84.6 km (53 mi) Gjirokastër, Libohovë
List of rivers of Albania is located in Albania
List of rivers of Albania

List of other rivers in Albania

  National Park or part of a National Park
  World Heritage Site or part of a World Heritage Site
- Name Image Length Nearest cities Location
1 Shushicë
80 km (50 mi) Armen
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List of rivers of Albania
2 Ishëm
Zall Dajti.jpg 62.2 km (39 mi) Tirana, Fushë-Krujë, Kamza
List of rivers of Albania is located in Albania
List of rivers of Albania
3 Cem
Cemi
Tamara 01.JPG 79 km (49 mi) Tamarë
List of rivers of Albania is located in Albania
List of rivers of Albania
4 Kir
Kiri
Kir Gorge at Plan.jpg 52 km (32 mi) Pult, Shkodër
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List of rivers of Albania
5 Valbonë
Lumi i Valbones, Tropoje, Albania.jpg 50.6 km (31 mi) Bajram Curri
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List of rivers of Albania
6 Buna
Bunë
Ura e vjetër mbi Bunë.jpg 44 km (27 mi) Shkodër, Velipojë
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List of rivers of Albania
7 Lengarica
Lengaricë
River Fluss Lengarica, mountains Nemërçka and Dhëmbel and construction site.jpg 37 km (23 mi) Petran
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List of rivers of Albania
8 Lana
Lanë
Tirana architecture 2016.jpg 29 km (18 mi) Tirana
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List of rivers of Albania
9 Gashi
Balçine - lugina e Gashit -Sylbicë.JPG 27 km (17 mi) Bajram Curri
List of rivers of Albania is located in Albania
List of rivers of Albania

See also

References

  1. ^ "nces See all › 7 FiguresShare Download full-text PDF The quality of Albanian natural waters and the human impact". researchgate.net. p. 137. Albanian rivers are characterized by ahigh flow rate; the total annual mean flow is 1308 m3s1,which corresponds to an annual water volume of 41,250 km3. 
  2. ^ Agim SELENICA. "WATER RESOURCES OF ALBANIA". medhycos.mpl.ird.fr.