Medveditsa River (Don basin)

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Medveditsa River
File:Medwediza (Atkarsk).jpg
Medveditsa River near Atkarsk
Origin Volga Uplands
Mouth Don River
Basin countries Volgograd and Saratov Oblast, Russia
Length 745 km (463 mi)
Avg. discharge 69 cubic metres per second (2,400 cu ft/s)
Basin area 34,700 km2 (13,400 sq mi)

Medveditsa (Russian: Медведица) is a river in Volgograd and Saratov Oblasts in Russia, a left tributary of the Don River. The name means she-bear, and according to legend alludes to the large population of bears in the area in earlier times. It is 745 kilometres (463 mi) long, with a drainage basin of 34,700 square kilometres (13,400 sq mi).

The river has its sources on the Volga Uplands, in the northeastern parts of Saratov Oblast, and flows mainly in a southwestern direction. It joins the river Don in Volgograd Oblast. Its largest tributaries are, from the right: Balanda and Tersa, and from the left: Idolga, Karamysh and Archeda.

The towns of Petrovsk, Atkarsk, Zhirnovsk and Mikhaylovka is situated at the Medveditsa. The river is navigable to Atkarsk.

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