Tarn River

Tarn River
River, southwestern France.

Rising in the Lozère Mountains, it flows west and southwest for 233 mi (375 km) into the Garonne River. Its magnificent gorges, which extend more than 30 mi (48 km) through limestone plateaus, are popular tourist attractions.

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      river, in southwestern France. It has its source south of Mont Lozère at an elevation of 5,167 ft (1,575 m) in the Massif Central. After a course of 233 mi (375 km) it joins the Garonne River below Moissac (Tarn-et-Garonne département). Its magnificent gorges—which extend for more than 30 mi through the limestone plateaus known as the Causse Méjean and the Causse de Sauveterre, between Florac (Lozère département) and Millau (Aveyron département)—are among the greatest tourist attractions in France. After entering the fertile lowlands of Aquitaine, passing through Albi, capital of Tarn département, the Tarn is joined below Montauban by an important tributary, the Aveyron. The Tarn drains a basin of about 4,600 sq mi (12,000 sq km).

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