Akhtuba

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Akhtuba

 

the left branch of the Volga, which separates from it north of Volgograd. Length, 537 km. The old entrance to the Akhtuba has been blocked by a dam. A new 6.5-km canal from the Volga has been dug downstream. The average annual water flow is about 153 m3/sec. The river is navigable only at high water. The cities of Volzhskii (at the beginning of the branch), Leninsk, and Akhtubinsk are located on the Akhtuba. The Volga-Akhtuba floodlands—an important region of vegetable and melon cultivation—are located between the Volga and the Akhtuba.

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