Desaguadero River (Bolivia)

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The Desaguadero River at its origin as seen from the ISS (upper center, left; north is to the lower right part of this image)
Countries Peru, Bolivia
Region Altiplano
 - left Ch'alla Jawira, Llallawa Jawira,
Jach'a Jawira (Caquiaviri),
Thujsa Jawira, Qala Jawira,
Jach'a Jawira (Ingavi)
 - right Qullpa Jawira
Cities Desaguadero, San Andrés, Oruro
Source Lake Titicaca
 - location Desaguadero, Peru & Bolivia
 - elevation 3,811 m (12,503 ft)
 - coordinates 16°33′49″S 69°02′11″W / 16.56361°S 69.03639°W / -16.56361; -69.03639
Mouth Poopó Lake
 - location 50 kilometres (31 mi) S of Oruro, Bolivia
 - elevation 3,686 m (12,093 ft)
 - coordinates 18°26′31″S 67°04′22″W / 18.44194°S 67.07278°W / -18.44194; -67.07278Coordinates: 18°26′31″S 67°04′22″W / 18.44194°S 67.07278°W / -18.44194; -67.07278
Length 320 km (199 mi)
Basin 90,000 km2 (34,749 sq mi) approx.
Discharge for Ulloma
 - average 78 m3/s (2,755 cu ft/s)
 - max 282 m3/s (9,959 cu ft/s)
 - min 28 m3/s (989 cu ft/s)
Mapa cuencas endorréicas meseta del collao.jpg
Sketch map of the area showing Desaguadero River

The Desaguadero River in Bolivia drains Lake Titicaca from the southern part of the river basin, flowing south and draining approximately five percent of the lake's flood waters into Lake Uru Uru and Lake Poopó.[1] Its source in the north is very near the Peruvian border.

It is navigable only by small craft and supports indigenous communities such as the Uru Muratu community.

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  1. ^ "Desaguadero River (river, Bolivia)". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 

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