APURÉ, a river of western Venezuela, formed by the confluence
of the Sarare and Uribante at 6° 45′ N. lat. and 71° W. long.,
and flowing eastward across the Venezuelan llanos to a junction
with the Orinoco at about 7° 40′ N. lat. and 66° 45′ W. long. Its
drainage area includes the slopes of both the Colombian and
Venezuelan Andes. It has a sluggish course across the llanos
for about 300 m., and is navigable throughout its length. Its
principal tributaries are the Caparro, Portuguesa and Guarico on
the north, and the Caucagua on the south. Its lateral channels
on the south mingle with those of the Arauca for many miles,
forming an extensive district subject to annual inundations.
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