Lika (river)

Lika
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Lika River, near Kosinj
Location
Country Croatia
Physical characteristics
Source  
 ⁃ location Velebit Mountains
 ⁃ elevation 600 m (2,000 ft)
Mouth  
 ⁃ location
ponor
 ⁃ coordinates
44°46′N 15°10′E / 44.767°N 15.167°E / 44.767; 15.167Coordinates: 44°46′N 15°10′E / 44.767°N 15.167°E / 44.767; 15.167
 ⁃ elevation
480 m (1,570 ft)
Length 77 km (48 mi)
Basin size 1,014 km2 (392 sq mi)
Discharge  
 ⁃ average 7.33 m3/s (259 cu ft/s)

The Lika is a river in Croatia which gives its name to the Lika region. It is 77 kilometres (48 mi) long and it has a basin with an area of 1,014 square kilometres (392 sq mi). Its average discharge at the measurement station in Bilaj (covering 225 km2 of the basin) is 7.33 m3/s, and it can go completely dry.[1]

It is known as a sinking river because at the end of its course, it flows into a series of ponors or swallow-holes and disappears from the surface. The Lika River rises near the village of Kukljić at the foot of the Velebit Mountains, flows in a northwesterly direction past the town of Gospić, enters and leaves Lake Krušćica, and continues to the northwest until it sinks into the karst topography at ponors near Lipovo Polje.

References

  1. ^ "Karakteristike značajnijih vodotoka". Vodnogospodarska osnova Hrvatske - Strategija upravljanja vodama (in Croatian). Croatian Parliament. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2011-12-18.


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