Dam Tagus river, Alcántara, Spain

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The Tagus (Spanish: Tajo, IPA: [ˈtaxo]; Portuguese: Tejo, IPA: [ˈtɛʒu]; Latin: Tagus; Ancient Greek: Τάγος Tagos) is the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula. It is 1,038 km (645 mi) long, 716 km (445 mi) in Spain, 47 km (29 mi) along the border between Portugal and Spain and 275 km (171 mi) in Portugal, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Lisbon. It drains an area of 80,100 square kilometers (30,927 sq mi) (the second largest in the Iberian peninsula after the Douro). The Tagus is highly utilized for most of its course. Several dams and diversions supply drinking water to most of central Spain, including Madrid, and Portugal, while dozens of hydroelectric stations create power. Between dams it follows a very constricted course, but after Almourol it enters a vast alluvial valley prone to flooding. At its mouth is a large estuary on which the port city of Lisbon is situated.

The source of the Tagus is the Fuente de García, in the Montes Universales, Sistema Ibérico, Sierra de Albarracín Comarca. All its major tributaries enter the Tagus from the right (north) bank. The main cities it passes through are Aranjuez, Toledo, Talavera de la Reina and Alcántara in Spain, and Abrantes, Santarém, Almada and Lisbon in Portugal.

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Comments (154)

Manek Taolin on April 27, 2012

Beautiful river!

L+F

Greetings from Indonesia

Lucien Kivit on April 28, 2012

Manek Taolin , thank you for your nice comment, like and YS, greetings Lucien

Arolldo Costa Olivei… on May 9, 2012

L+F

Lucien Kivit on May 11, 2012

Arolldo , thank you for your nice comment, like and YS, greetings Lucien

C haydeé on May 22, 2012

¡Preciosa fotografía!

LIKE

Un saludo cordial, Chaydeé.

Lucien Kivit on May 23, 2012

Chaydeé , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

acusticalennon on September 19, 2012

Buena toma, like, saludos cordiales

Lucien Kivit on September 21, 2012

Acusticalennon, thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Lorant on November 12, 2012

Nice panoramic view! Greetings, Lorant

Lucien Kivit on November 13, 2012

Lorant, thank you for your nice comment, greetings Lucien

Ilie Olar on November 20, 2012

Beautiful dam and good photo! 7-72 Ysl!

Greetings from Romania, Ilie

Lucien Kivit on November 20, 2012

Ilie , thank you for your nice comment, like and YS, greetings Lucien

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on February 3, 2013

Excellent point of view!--like 73--AnaM

Lucien Kivit on February 3, 2013

AnaM, thank you for your nice comment, greetings Lucien

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Lucien Kivit
Rijkevorsel, België

Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 9, 2012
  • Attribution-No Derivative Works
    by Lucien Kivit
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A590 IS
    • Taken on 2011/09/14 10:03:13
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 7.90mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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