Medveditsa (Don)

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Medveditsa
Medwediza (Atkarsk).jpg
The Medveditsa near Atkarsk
Location
CountryVolgograd and Saratov Oblast, Russia
Physical characteristics
Source 
 • locationVolga Uplands
MouthDon
 • coordinates
49°34′35″N 42°38′19″E / 49.5763°N 42.6385°E / 49.5763; 42.6385Coordinates: 49°34′35″N 42°38′19″E / 49.5763°N 42.6385°E / 49.5763; 42.6385
Length745 km (463 mi)
Basin size34,700 km2 (13,400 sq mi)
Discharge 
 • average69 cubic metres per second (2,400 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionDonSea of Azov
Tributaries 
 • leftIdolga, Karamysh, Archeda
 • rightBalanda, Tersa

The Medveditsa (Russian: Медве́дица) is a river in Volgograd and Saratov Oblasts in Russia, a left tributary of the Don.[1] 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).[2]

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 Reka Don in Volgograd Oblast near Zatonski. Its largest tributaries are, from the right: Balanda and Tersa, and from the left: Idolga, Karamysh and Archeda.[1]

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

A variety of fish is found in the Medveditsa River: catfish, pike, bream, asp, perch, chub, perch, tench, roach, gudgeon and others. In the late 80s there were a lot of sterlet.

Forests along both banks of the river have a wide variety of birds, medicinal herbs, wild berries, fruits and flowers.

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