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The Moctezuma River (Río Moctezuma[1]) is a river in Mexico that drains the eastern side of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt (Sierra Nevada). It is a tributary of the Pánuco River and flows through the Mexican states of Mexico, Hidalgo, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, and Veracruz.

Moctezuma River
Physical characteristics
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Pánuco River 21°58′03″N 98°33′47″W / 21.96750°N 98.56306°W / 21.96750; -98.56306Coordinates: 21°58′03″N 98°33′47″W / 21.96750°N 98.56306°W / 21.96750; -98.56306


The Moctezuma arises on the Anahuac Plateau and drains the Valley of Mexico, receiving effluent from Mexico City.[2] It is impounded by the Zimapán Dam, a hydroelectric dam about 15 km southwest of the town of Zimapán. At Tamazunchale it receives the Amajac River. Below the town of Tanquián de Escobedo it forms the border between the states of San Luis Potosí and Veracruz. It receives the Tempoal River at El Higo. It ends at its confluence with the Tamuín River (Tampaón River) where together they form the Pánuco River.[3]

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  1. ^ Río Moctezuma (Approved - N) at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  2. ^ López-Portillo, Esther (2004). "Río Pánuco" (in Spanish). Instituto Latinoamericano de la Communicación Educativa (ILCE). Archived from the original on 8 February 2009.
  3. ^ Hudson, Paul F. (2000). "Discharge, Sediment, and Channel Characteristics of the Río Panuco, Mexico". Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers Yearbook. 26: 61–70. JSTOR 25765887.