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Isère

(ēzĕr`), department (1990 pop. 1,025,300), SE France, in DauphinéDauphiné
, region and former province, SE France, bordering on Italy. It is now divided into three departments, Haute-Alpes, Isère, and Drôme. In the east the Alps culminate in the Barre des Écrins; their magnificent scenery attracts many tourists.
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. GrenobleGrenoble
, city (1990 pop. 153,973), capital of Isère dept., SE France, at the foot of the Alps on the Isère River at the confluence of Drac River. It is the hydroelectric center of France and has an important nuclear-research center.
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Isère

 

a department in southeastern France. Area, 8,200 sq km; population, 798,000 (1971). The administrative center is Grenoble. The Alps occupy more than half of the department’s surface area (highest elevation, 4,103 m). The valleys of the Rhône, Isère, and Drac rivers make up the flat and low lying sections. There is also an extensive forested area. The leading branch of the economy is industry. Among Isère’s industries are hydroelectric-power production, electrometallurgy, electrochemistry, and machine building. Paper, silk, and food are also processed. Livestock is raised and tourism is popular in the area.


Isère

 

a river in southeastern France, left tributary of the Rhone. Length, 290 km; basin area, 11,800 sq km. It originates at the Italian border in the Graian Alps and crosses the Savoy Alps in a deep valley. The river is fed primarily by snow; there are floods during the spring and summer. The mean annual discharge is approximately 330 cu m per sec. In the Isère basin are reservoirs, including the large Tignes Reservoir in the upper reaches, and a hydroelectric power plant. In its lower course the Isère is used for irrigation and navigation. The city of Grenoble is situated on the river, and centers for winter sports and tourism are located along the upper reaches of the river.