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Orontes

(ōrŏn`tēs), Arab. Nahr al-Asi, river, c.250 mi (400 km) long, rising in the northern part of the Al Biqa valley, Lebanon, and flowing generally N through Syria, then W into S Turkey and into the Mediterranean Sea; celebrated because of the antiquity of settlement along its banks. The river is unnavigable but is important for irrigation, especially in Syria. Marshes on its middle course have been drained and the land reclaimed for farming. On its lower course, the river has cut below the surrounding plain, and it is noted for remarkable water wheels, from 20 to 70 ft (6–21 m) in diameter, at Homs and Hama; the wheels, turned by the current, lift water onto the plains.

Orontes

a river in SW Asia, rising in Lebanon and flowing north through Syria into Turkey, where it turns west to the Mediterranean. Length: 571 km (355 miles)
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The plains-steppe zone accessible from the Orontes is about forty miles wide, east to west, near Horns and Hama, and extends about forty riffles south from Hama, giving some sixteen hundred square miles of possible grazing land.
A diverse excavation team of experts found the statue in Tell Ta'yinat, a low-lying ancient tumulus, on the east bank at a bend in the ancient Orontes River.
Other regions include the Atlas mountains of Morocco and the Tell Atlas of Algeria and Tunisia; the Orontes Valley and Lebanon Mountains in Lebanon, Syria and Turkey; lakes, mountains and coastlines in the Southwest Balkans; and Turkey's Taurus Mountains, which contains examples of almost all of the Mediterranean's varied habitats.
Finally, in 363 Orontes, former satrap of Armenia, demoted to local "governor" of Mysia in northwest Asia Minor, made an attempt to enlarge his territory at the expense of Autophrates of Lydia and Ariobarzanes of Dascylium (pp.
Two other rockets fell near the Orontes River bridge near an entrance to Hermel, the sources added.
Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, held talks on Sunday in Aleppo, Syria with Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyib Erdogan, after Turkey's leader and his Syrian counterpart, Mohammad Naji al-Otari, laid the foundation stone for a joint "Friendship Dam" to be built on the Orontes River.
We believe that progress in the peace process and in finding solutions for water issues between Israel and Palestine would also help to unblock progress in the broader region, between the parties on the Jordan, the Orontes, the Tigris, and the Euphrates rivers.
90-93), the satraps Ariobarzanes of Hellespontine Phrygia and Orontes of Armenia rose up in rebellion against the Great King in 362-361 B.
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The first sight of the flat northern Bek Valley and the Orontes valley plain comes after passing through the hamlet of Mrah al-Arab.