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The Buotama (Russian: Буотама) is a river in the Sakha Republic, Russia. It is a right tributary of the Lena and has a length of 418 km (260 mi).[1]

Yakut: Буотама
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View of the river
Buotama is located in Sakha Republic
Location in the Sakha Republic, Russia
CountrySakha, Russia
Physical characteristics
 • locationAldan Highlands
 • coordinates59°57′2″N 124°27′39″E / 59.95056°N 124.46083°E / 59.95056; 124.46083
 • elevation500 m (1,600 ft)
 • location
 • coordinates
61°15′56″N 128°45′15″E / 61.26556°N 128.75417°E / 61.26556; 128.75417
 • elevation
93 m (305 ft)
Length418 km (260 mi)
Basin size12,600 km2 (4,900 sq mi)
 • average43 m3/s (1,500 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionLenaLaptev Sea

There is a nursery of wood bisons by the Ust-Buotama Reservoir on the lower reaches of the river. It was opened in 2006 with bisons imported from Canada.[2]


The river has its source in the northern part of the Aldan Highlands at an elevation of almost 500 metres (1,600 ft). It flows in an approximately ENE direction roughly parallel to the Lena through a relatively narrow valley by the Lena Plateau. Finally it makes a bend northwards and joins the right bank of the Lena, about 100 km (62 mi) upstream from the capital Yakutsk and 1,609 km (1,000 mi) from the Lena's mouth.[3]

The Buotama freezes between October and November and thaws between the end of April or early May. The river flows across the Olyokminsky and Khangalassky districts.[4]

The Buotama has over 60 tributaries that have a length over 10 km (6.2 mi). The main tributaries are the Kharya-Yuryakh and Kuyuda on the right and the Talalakh on the left. There are about 200 lakes in its basin.[4]

View of the river from above
Basin of the Lena

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