Girish Mahajan

Guadalupe (Spain)

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Other name(s)  Guadalupejo
River system  Guadiana
Country  Spain
Guadalupe (Spain)
Main source  Sierra de Villuercas, Cáceres Province Extremadura 1,157 m (3,796 ft)
River mouth  Garcia de Sola Dam, Guadiana Valdecaballeros municipality, Badajoz Province 391 m (1,283 ft)
Progression  Guadiana - Atlantic Ocean

The Guadalupe or Guadalupejo river (Spanish: Río Guadalupe) is a right hand tributary of the Guadiana, in Spain.

Contents

Map of 10140 Guadalupe, C%C3%A1ceres, Spain

CourseEdit

The Guadalupe has its sources in the Sierra de Villuercas near Guadalupe, giving its name to the town, and by extension to the monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe.

It flows southwards into the Guadiana at the Garcia de Sola Dam, barely 1.5 km east of Valdecaballeros. There is an abandoned nuclear power plant, the Valdecaballeros Nuclear Power Plant, as well as a small dam near its mouth.

EtymologyEdit

The name is believed to be derived from the Arabic phrase وادي اللب, "Wad-al-lubb" ("hidden river"), because the river narrows down as it flows near to the town of Guadalupe.

An alternate and incorrect etymological explanation which is commonly found on the internet states that the name may have derived from the Arabic word for "valley" or "river" (wadi) and the Latin word lupus, meaning wolf.

References

Guadalupe (Spain) Wikipedia


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