a river in the Estonian SSR. The Emajógi is 218 km long and drains an area of 9,960 sq km. The river rises in the lake Pühajärv. For the first 82 km of its course, before it passes through the lake Vortsjärv, it is known as the Väike-Emajógi; below the lake, for the last 101 km of its course, the river is called the Suur-Emajógi. It empties into Lake Chudskoe-Pskov. The Emajógi is fed by various sources, but predominantly by rain. High water occurs between April and mid-June. The mean flow rate is 71.6 cu m per sec. The Emajógi freezes over in December, and the ice breaks up in the second half of March. The river is navigable below Tartu.

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The largest inflows are the Velikaya River in Russia and the Emajogi River in Estonia.
The reason for this is that in the medieval location of the town, on the floodplain of River Emajogi, the soil is wet all year round due to ground water coming from Quaternary deposits.
For example, when the local censor banned publishing a panorama photograph of river Emajogi in Edasi, the editor received permission to publish it from the military censor in Riga.
The River Emajogi has been measured by hundreds of fully loaded barges, the roads had the dust turned up and down by thousands of hooves and wheels.
The concentration of oil hydrocarbons is determined according to the monitoring programme in rivers falling to the sea and in the Emajogi River 6 times a year and in other rivers 1 or 2 times a year.
Uber das alter der Holozanen Ablagerungen im Mundungsgebiet des Flusses Emajogi (Saviku).
The campaigns at Sinimited and Emajogi showed that smaller numbers of well-trained, well-equipped Baltic troops on the proper terrain can make invasion an unattractive proposition.
The wide floodplain valley of River Emajogi, bound from north-west to south-east direction in the town territory, is the central element of relief in Tartu.