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Geography, Hydrology and hydrogeology

The Drin River starts at the confluence of its two headwaters, the transboundary Black Drin and White Drin Rivers at Kukës in Albania. The interconnected hydrological system of the Drin River basin comprises the transboundary sub-basins of the Black Drin, White Drin, and Buna/Bojana (outflow of Skadar/Shkoder Lake in the Adriatic Sea) Rivers, and the subbasins of Prespa, Ohrid and Skadar/Shkoder Lakes.

Albania, Greece, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo (1)  and Montenegro share the Drin Basin.

Hydrology and hydrogeology

Water flows out of Lake Ohrid (average discharge: 22 cu m/s) into the Black Drin River near Struga, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Radika River is a major transboundary tributary of the Black Drin. The river runs 149 km (as Drin i Zi) until Kukës, Albania, where it joins the White Drin River (136 km long). Their confluence, the Drin, flows further westward and discharges into the Adriatic Sea. The old Drin channel discharges into the Adriatic south of the Buna/ Bojana River near the city of Lezhe, but the Drin's major channel is the 11-km Drinasa, which joins the Buna/Bojana just 1 km beyond the latter's outlet from Skadar/Shkoder Lake near the city of Shkodra. The Drin delta is located 20 km south of the Buna/Bojana Delta.

The Drin River Basin is characterized by mountainous relief, with a mean elevation of 971 m a.s.l. (the highest peaks are over 2,500 m), and flat land in the coastal area.

The White Drin is hydraulically connected with the shared karstic Beli Drim/Drini Bardhe aquifer.

The Drin River basin includes the following lakes:

1. References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).

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