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The Garonne (Latin: Garumna, Occitan: Garona) is a river in southwest France, with a length of 575 km (357 miles).

The river rises in the Val d'Aran (Spanish Pyrenees), flowing via Toulouse towards Bordeaux, where it flows into the Gironde, a sea arm of the Bay of Biscay. In its flow, it is joined by four other major rivers: the Aričge, the Tarn, the Lot, and finally the Dordogne, after which it becomes the Gironde and joins the Atlantic Ocean. Other tributaries include the Save and the Gers.

The Garonne is one of the few rivers in the world that exhibit a tidal bore.

Major riverside towns: Bordeaux, Agen, Toulouse

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Garonne River Basin - UNEP/DEWA~Europe > Publication > Freshwater in Europe (465 words)
The Garonne frequently leaves its bed; the most catastrophic floods were recorded in 1770, 1856 and 1930.
The Garonne is an important breeding area for sturgeon and also for the migration of Atlantic salmon.
One tributary of the Garonne, the Dropt, is particularly sensitive to eutrophication, but globally the water quality of the Garonne is between good to very good.
Midi-Pyrenees: Introduction - France.com (767 words)
Named for the river that flows from the Pyréneees to the Garonne River just south of Toulouse, the area is marked by jagged peaks covered with snow from December to May, steep valleys riddled with caves and underground lakes, and arid plateaus where a local breed of wild horses roams.
Deeply indented by the valleys of the Dordogne, Lot and Tarn rivers, it is a mostly agricultural region embellished with delightful villages where time seems to pass a bit more slowly.
On the banks of the Garonne River, the regionÂ’s capital offers many cultural opportunities in addition to a number of architectural jewels: Place du Capitole, Saint-Sernin Basilica and the Jacobins Cloisters.
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