Seman (river)

The Seman is a major river in western Albania. It is formed by the confluence of the rivers Devoll and Osum, a few km west of Kuçovë. It is 85 km (53 mi) long (281 km (175 mi) with its longest source river Devoll) and its drainage basin is 5,649 km2 (2,181 sq mi). Its average discharge is 95.7 m3/s (3,380 cu ft/s).[2] It meanders generally westwards through a flat lowland. Near Fier it receives Gjanica from the left. It flows into the Adriatic Sea at the southern margin of the Divjakë-Karavasta National Park.

Physical characteristics
 • locationOsum and Devoll
 • location
Adriatic Sea
 • coordinates
Length85 km (53 mi)
Basin size5,649 km2 (2,181 sq mi)[1]
 • average95.7 m3/s (3,380 cu ft/s)

In classical antiquity, the Seman River was known as the Apsus.[3]


The name derives from Albanian , Se-Man meaning "it doesn't hold" , meanwhile "Man" is the Gheg version of "Mban" meaning "hold".


  1. ^ "The coastline of Albania : morphology, evolution and coastal management issues" (PDF). p. 8.
  2. ^ Cullaj, A., Hasko, A., Miho, A., Schanz, F., Brandl, H. & Bachofen, R. (2005). "The quality of Albanian natural waters and the human impact" . Environment International. 31: 137.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ Public Domain Smith, William, ed. (1854). "Apsus". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. 1. London: John Murray. p. 163.


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