Catatumbo River

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Catatumbo RiverCatatumbo River_header_cell_0_0_0
LocationCatatumbo River_header_cell_0_1_0
CountriesCatatumbo River_header_cell_0_2_0 Catatumbo River_cell_0_2_1
Department (CO)Catatumbo River_header_cell_0_3_0 Norte de SantanderCatatumbo River_cell_0_3_1
State (VE)Catatumbo River_header_cell_0_4_0 ZuliaCatatumbo River_cell_0_4_1
Physical characteristicsCatatumbo River_header_cell_0_5_0
SourceCatatumbo River_header_cell_0_6_0 Catatumbo River_cell_0_6_1
elevationCatatumbo River_header_cell_0_7_0 2,000 m (6,600 ft)Catatumbo River_cell_0_7_1
MouthCatatumbo River_header_cell_0_8_0 Maracaibo BasinCatatumbo River_cell_0_8_1
LengthCatatumbo River_header_cell_0_9_0 500 km (310 mi)Catatumbo River_cell_0_9_1
Basin sizeCatatumbo River_header_cell_0_10_0 22,317 km (8,617 sq mi)Catatumbo River_cell_0_10_1

The Catatumbo River (Spanish: Río Catatumbo) is a river rising in northern Colombia, flowing into Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela. Catatumbo River_sentence_0

The Catatumbo River is approximately 340 kilometres (210 mi) long. Catatumbo River_sentence_1

It forms a part of the international boundary between the two countries. Catatumbo River_sentence_2

The river flows through the Catatumbo moist forests ecoregion. Catatumbo River_sentence_3

It then flows through the Maracaibo dry forests ecoregion before emptying into Lake Maracaibo. Catatumbo River_sentence_4

Together with the nearby Escalante River, Catatumbo is a producing area for cocoa beans of the Criollo cultivar. Catatumbo River_sentence_5

Catatumbo lightning Catatumbo River_section_0

Main article: Catatumbo lightning Catatumbo River_sentence_6

The "Relámpago del Catatumbo" or "Faros del Catatumbo" (Catatumbo lightning) is a phenomenon that occurs over the marshlands at the Lake Maracaibo mouth of the river, where lightning storms occur for about 10 hours a night, 140 to 160 nights a year, for a total of about 1.2 million lightning discharges per year. Catatumbo River_sentence_7

The light from this storm activity can be seen up to 40 kilometres (25 mi) away and has been used for ship navigation; it is also known as the "Maracaibo Beacon" for this reason. Catatumbo River_sentence_8

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