|Department (CO)||Norte de Santander|
|elevation||2,000 m (6,600 ft)|
|Length||500 km (310 mi)|
|Basin size||22,317 km (8,617 sq mi)|
The Catatumbo River is approximately 340 kilometres (210 mi) long.
It forms a part of the international boundary between the two countries.
The river flows through the Catatumbo moist forests ecoregion.
It then flows through the Maracaibo dry forests ecoregion before emptying into Lake Maracaibo.
Main article: Catatumbo lightning
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.
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