The Orb is a 145-kilometre (90 mi) long river in the Herault département of southern France that flows into the Mediterranean Sea, in Valras-Plage. The river flows through the towns Bédarieux and Béziers, where it is crossed by the canal du Midi on the Orb Aqueduct. In ancient times, the Orb was crossed at Capestang by the 1,500-metre (4,900 ft) long Roman Pont Serme.[1]

Orb
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The Orb in Béziers.
Native nameL'Orb (m)  (French)
Location
CountryFrance
Physical characteristics
Source 
 ⁃ locationMassif Central
 ⁃ elevation820 m (2,690 ft)
Mouth 
 ⁃ location
Mediterranean Sea
 ⁃ coordinates
43°14′47″N 3°17′54″E / 43.24639°N 3.29833°E / 43.24639; 3.29833 (Mediterranean Sea-Aude)Coordinates: 43°14′47″N 3°17′54″E / 43.24639°N 3.29833°E / 43.24639; 3.29833 (Mediterranean Sea-Aude)
Length136 km (85 mi)
Basin size1,400 km2 (540 sq mi)
Discharge 
 ⁃ average25 m3/s (880 cu ft/s)

GeographyEdit

The Orb flows through the following towns:

TributariesEdit

The following rivers flows into the Orb:

  • Jaur 30 kilometres (19 mi)
  • Lirou 30 kilometres (19 mi)
  • Mare 29 kilometres (18 mi)
  • Taurou 25 kilometres (16 mi)
  • Vernazobre 24 kilometres (15 mi)
  • Rieutort 18 kilometres (11 mi)
  • Héric 14 kilometres (9 mi)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Colin O’Connor: Roman Bridges, Cambridge University Press 1993, ISBN 0-521-39326-4, p. 99

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