Maine (Loire)

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The Maine at Angers

The Maine at Angers

Water code FRM4-0190
location France , Pays de la Loire region
River system Loire
Drain over Loire  → Atlantic Ocean
origin Confluence of the Sarthe and Mayenne rivers
47 ° 29 ′ 35 ″  N , 0 ° 32 ′ 32 ″  W
Source height approx.  15  m
muzzle at Bouchemaine in the Loire Coordinates: 47 ° 24 ′ 39 ″  N , 0 ° 36 ′ 54 ″  W 47 ° 24 ′ 39 ″  N , 0 ° 36 ′ 54 ″  W.
Mouth height approx.  13  m
Height difference approx. 2 m
Bottom slope approx. 0.17 ‰
length 12 km
Catchment area 22,350 km²
Outflow at the Angers gauge MQ
130 m³ / s
Flowing lakes Lac de Maine
Big cities Angers
Navigable Yes
District of Angers: Front de Maine

The Maine [ mɛn ] is a river in western France that runs in the Maine-et-Loire department in the Pays de la Loire region . It arises near the town of Angers from the two rivers Sarthe and Mayenne on the southern tip of the island of Saint-Aubin, runs in a south-westerly direction and flows into the Loire after 12 km at Bouchemaine as a right tributary .

Maine is a derivative of Maienne and means river in the middle . Today's two rivers used to have a single Latin name: Mediuna . In usage, however, a separate name developed for the common mouthpiece used by Sarthe and Mayenne.

The name of the Maine-et-Loire department refers to the river. Maine is also the name of a former French province .

Pictures by Sarthe and Mayenne

On the map of the Loire river system ("The Loire and its tributaries") Sarthe and Mayenne are entered, but there was no space for the short Maine.

Web links

Commons : Maine River  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b (1: 16,000)
  2. a b c The information on the length of the river is based on the information about the Maine from SANDRE (French), accessed on November 26, 2011, rounded to the nearest kilometer.
  3. (station: M4101910 , option: Synthèse )