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Poprad (river)

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Poprad
The Poprad near Spišská Belá in Kežmarok district
Location
Countries
Physical characteristics
Source 
 • locationHigh Tatras
 • coordinates49°08′08″N 20°04′35″E / 49.1355°N 20.0765°E / 49.1355; 20.0765
 • elevation1,302.3 m (4,273 ft)
MouthDunajec
 • coordinates
49°35′20″N 20°39′01″E / 49.5888°N 20.6502°E / 49.5888; 20.6502Coordinates: 49°35′20″N 20°39′01″E / 49.5888°N 20.6502°E / 49.5888; 20.6502
 • elevation
292 m (958 ft)
Length174.2 km (108.2 mi)
Basin size2,081 km2 (803 sq mi)
Discharge 
 • average22.3 m3/s (790 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionDunajecVistulaBaltic Sea
The Poprad forming the Polish-Slovak border
The Poprad forming the Polish-Slovak border

The Poprad (Hungarian: Poprád, German: Popper) is a river in northern Slovakia and southern Poland, and a tributary of the Dunajec River near Stary Sącz, Poland. It has a length of 170 kilometres (63 km of which are within the Polish borders) and a basin area of 2,077 km2, (1,594 km2 of which is in Slovakia, and 483 km2 in Poland). Much of the Polish part of its basin is included in the protected area called Poprad Landscape Park featuring the Poprad River Gorge, a popular tourist destination between the towns of Piwniczna and Rytro.

Poprad is the only large Slovak river flowing north into southern Poland. The river flows through the Slovak towns of Poprad, Kežmarok, Stará Ľubovňa, then forms for 31.1 km the Polish-Slovak border and flows through the Polish towns of Krynica-Zdrój, Muszyna, Piwniczna-Zdrój, Rytro, Stary Sącz, and Żegiestów, among others.

Etymology

The name is derived from a Proto-Slavic verb pręd- (to flow fast, to jump), preserved in the Slovak words priasť, pradenie (to spin, spinning).[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ Ondruš 1991, p. 231.

Bibliography

  • Ondruš, Šimon (1991). "Ešte raz o pôvode tatranskej rieky Poprad" (PDF). Slovenská reč. Bratislava: Veda, Vydavateľstvo Slovenskej akadémie vied (4).
  • Zofia Radwańska-Paryska, Witold Henryk Paryski; Wielka encyklopedia tatrzańska. Poronin: Wydawnictwo Górskie, 2004. ISBN 83-7104-009-1.
  • Beskid Sądecki. Mapa 1:50 000. Piwniczna: Agencja Wyd. „Wit”. ISBN 83-915737-3-7.
  • Jerzy Kondracki, Geografia regionalna Polski. Warszawa: Wyd. Naukowe PWN, 1998. ISBN 83-01-12479-2.


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