The Maule (mapudungun: rain) is a river located in the Maule Region, in central Chileand has a length of 240 kilometers.
The Maule river basin covers about 20,300 km ², being the fourth largest of the country.30% of it lies above the snow line, so it is a basin with a strong mountain range.
The main course is the Maule river itself, which rises in the Laguna de Maule, at 2,200 meters above sea level, banked in an artificial way to increase water storage capacity.This lake is located near the InternationalPaso Pehuenche or Maule. The river runseast-west.
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In the upper, the main tributary of the river Maule is Melado, born in the lagoon indirectly under the name Dial Guaiquivilo, and drains the are southeast of the basin.Today, the river is dammed Melado to generate electricity in the Central Pehuenche.
Other major tributaries in the upper river are Puelche, which is joined at 31 km from itsbirth, Cypress River, which drains the beautifulLake of the wintering and provides water to the hydroelectric power plant cypress and Colorado rivers and Claro. Before reaching the plain, the Maule is dammed in Colbun, which feeds the hydroelectric plantof the same name.
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In the midst of intermediate depression, Maule, near San Javier, receives contributions from its main tributary, the Loncomilla, which drains the southern part of the basin andis formed by the confluence of the Longford and Perquilauquén, coming from the eastand westt respectively. Two major tributaries are the Putagán Loncomilla, and Achibueno, which in turn is tributary to the river Ancoa. Major tributaries of Perquilauquén are the Purapel and Cauquenes, which are born in the Cordillera de la Costa, and drain in an easterly direction until they unite their effluent.
Also, in the central plain, the Maule receives water from the course (again, and as in the VI Region of Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins, there are three rivers that course called: a tributary of the Rio Claro Teno and two tributaries of the Maule, one on its upper and one in its middle), from the north, and collects the waters of the northern sector of the basin, receiving input from the river Lircay.
In the lower basin, the Maule only receives water from the estuary of Pigs, which addsa little volume. After traveling nearly 250 miles, Maule empties into the Pacific Oceanjust north of the Constituciòn city.
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