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Arve Annemasse.jpg
The Arve near Annemasse, Haute-Savoie
Country France, Switzerland
Physical characteristics
 - location Col des Montets near Chamonix
 - coordinates 46°00′12″N 6°55′13″E / 46.00341°N 6.92029°E / 46.00341; 6.92029
 - elevation 1,516 m (4,974 ft)
 - location
Rhône in Geneva
 - coordinates
46°12′05″N 6°07′19″E / 46.20129°N 6.12197°E / 46.20129; 6.12197Coordinates: 46°12′05″N 6°07′19″E / 46.20129°N 6.12197°E / 46.20129; 6.12197
 - elevation
370 m (1,210 ft)
Length 102 km (63 mi)
Basin size 2,060 km2 (800 sq mi)
 - average 75 m3/s (2,600 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Progression RhôneMediterranean Sea

The river Arve (French: L'Arve) flows for approximately 100 km (62 miles) through France, in the département of Haute-Savoie, and (for a few kilometers) in Switzerland. It is a left tributary of the Rhône.

Rising in the northern side of the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps, close to the Swiss border, it receives water from the many glaciers of the Chamonix valley (mainly the Mer de Glace) before flowing north-west into the Rhône on the west side of Geneva, where its much higher level of silt brings forth a striking contrast between the two rivers.

The Arve flows through Chamonix, Sallanches, Oëx, Cluses, Bonneville, Annemasse and Geneva.


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