Yenisei River Facts
- It has a drainage basin of 2.5 million square km, covering a large portion of Siberia.
- Its average depth is about 14 metres, but some of the waters can be as deep as 24 metres.
- The Yenisei flows through the city of Krasnoyarsk.
- Its tributaries include, the Angara River, the Lower Tunguska, and the Tunguska River.
- The river supports more than 50 different fish species.
- The Taimyr reindeer herd graze along the banks of the Yenisei during the wintertime.
- In 2001 Ben Kozel and Colin Angus became the first people to naviage the entire length of the Yenisei River.
- The river’s name is sometimes written as Yenisey River.
- The Krasnoyarsk Dam was completed in 1972 and supplies power to an aluminium manufacturing plant.
- Many ancient nomadic tribes lived on the banks of the Yenisei, including the Ket people, the Yugh people, the Kotts, Assans and Arins.
Yenisei River Fact File
Countries: Mongolia and Russia
Length: Approximately 748 km (465 miles)
Source: Mungaragiyn-Gol Ridge, Mongolia
Mouth: Yenisei Gulf, Kara Sea
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