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GUADALQUIVIR (ancient Baetis, Moorish Wadi al Kebir, “the
Great River”), a river of southern Spain. What is regarded as
the main stream rises 4475 ft. above sea-level between the
Sierra de Cazorla and Sierra del Pozo, in the province of Jaen.
It does not become a large river until it is joined by the Guadiana
Menor (Guadianamenor) on the left, and the Guadalimar on the
right. Lower down it receives many tributaries, the chief being
the Genil or Jenil, from the left. The general direction of the
river is west by south, but a few miles above Seville it changes
to south by west. Below Coria it traverses the series of broad
fens known as Las Marismas, the greatest area of swamp in the
Iberian Peninsula. Here it forms two subsidiary channels, the
western 31 m., the eastern 12 m. long, which rejoin the main
stream on the borders of the province of Cadiz. Below Sanlúcar
the river enters the Atlantic after a total course of 360 m.
It drains an area of 21,865 sq. m. Though the shortest of the great
rivers of the peninsula, it is the only one which flows at all seasons
with a full stream, being fed in winter by the rains, in summer by
the melted snows of the Sierra Nevada. In the time of the Moors
it was navigable up to Cordova, but owing to the accumulation
of silt in its lower reaches it is now only navigable up to Seville
by vessels of 1200 to 1500 tons.
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