Grijalva River

Grijalva River


Grijalva River

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Grijalva River, formerly known as Tabasco River. (, known locally also as Río Chiapa and Mezcalapa river) is a 480 km long river in southeastern Mexico."Grijalva." Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, 3rd ed. 2001. (ISBN 0-87779-546-0) Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster Inc., p. 450. It is named after Juan de Grijalva who visited the area in 1518.Diaz del Castillo, Bernal. The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico. Da Capo Press, 1996. p. 21 The river rises in Chiapas highlands and flows from Chiapas to the state of Tabasco through the Sumidero Canyon into the Bay of Campeche. The river's drainage basin is 134,400 km² in size.

After flowing from Nezahualcoyotl Lake, an artificial lake created by the hydroelectric Malpaso Dam, Grijalva River turns northward and eastward, roughly paralleling the Chiapas-Tabasco state border. Flowing through Villahermosa (where, in 2001, a new cable-stayed bridge was constructed to cross the river), it receives the main arm of the Usumacinta River and empties into the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 10 km northwest of Frontera. The river is navigable by shallow-draft boats for approximately 100 km upstream.

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