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Spain, the Ebro river

The Ebro river rises in Pico Tres Mares in the Cantabrian Mountains, in Cantabria, province of northern Spain, and flows for 910 km in a southeasterly course to its delta on the Mediterranean coast in Tarragona province. The Ebro has the largest drainage basin, at 85,500 square km, in Spain. Because it plunges through the coastal mountain ranges by a series of deep gorges and defiles, the Ebro is only navigable upstream for 25 km from its delta to the city of Tortosa.
The Ebro's interior basin is arid, poor, and sparsely populated, though irrigation has been intensified between Tudela and Saragossa (site of the Imperial Canal system, begun in the 16th century) and around Caspe. The upper part of the Ebro River basin, the Rioja Alta, around Logroo, gives its name to the Rioja wine produced there. The Ebro Delta is one of the largest wetland areas in the western Mediterranean region. It is in intensive agricultural and fishing use and hosts numerous beaches, marshes, and salt pans. A network of canals and irrigation ditches constructed by both agricultural and conservation groups are helping to maintain the ecologic and economic resources of the Ebro Delta.

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