Saint John River

River, northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada.

Rising in northwestern Maine, it flows northeast to the Canadian border, then southeast to form that international boundary; in Canada, it flows through New Brunswick into the Bay of Fundy at Saint John. It is 418 mi (673 km) long. At Grand Falls, Nfd., the river drops 75 ft (23 m), and at its mouth are the "reversing falls" rapids, caused by the strong tides of the bay, which at high tide force the river to reverse its flow.

* * *

      river rising in Guinea, West Africa. Its source is northwest of the Nimba Range, and with its upper reach (the Mani River) it forms part of the Guinea-Liberia border. Entering north-central Liberia it very nearly bisects the country, discharging into the Atlantic at Edina, where the Benson and Mechlin rivers empty into its estuary. The Saint John River's southwesterly course of 175 miles (282 km) is interrupted intermittently by rapids. The river (whose basin drains 6,650 square miles [17,220 square km] in Liberia and Guinea) is so named because it was discovered on the feast day of St. John by 15th-century Portuguese navigators.

 large river rising in Somerset county in northwestern Maine, U.S., and flowing northeast to the Canadian border, where it gradually turns southeast to form the international boundary for 80 miles (130 km). Just above Grand Falls, the river enters Canada and flows through New Brunswick into the Bay of Fundy at Saint John. At Grand Falls the river drops 75 feet (23 m), and at its mouth are the “reversing falls” rapids, caused by the strong tides of the bay, which at high tide force the river to reverse its flow. The river, discovered by the French explorers the Sieur de Monts and Samuel de Champlain (Champlain, Samuel de) in 1604 and named for St. John the Baptist, is 418 miles long and drains 21,000 square miles (54,000 square km), 14,000 square miles of which are in New Brunswick and Quebec. The lower 81 miles are tidal and navigable as far as Fredericton. There are hydroelectric power developments at Grand Falls, Beechwood, and Mactaquac on the St. John, as well as on its tributaries, the Tobique, Aroostook, and Madawaska rivers.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Saint John River — St John River Map.png Daten Gewässerkennzahl …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Saint John River — Infobox River | river name = Saint John River caption = The course of the St. John River origin = Northwestern Maine mouth = Bay of Fundy at Saint John, NB basin countries = Canada, United States length = 673 km (418 mi) elevation = 360 m (1,181… …   Wikipedia

  • Saint John River — Fleuve Saint Jean Pour les articles homonymes, voir Saint Jean. Fleuve Saint Jean …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Saint John River — noun a river that rises in Maine and flows northeastward through New Brunswick to empty into the Bay of Fundy • Syn: ↑Saint John, ↑St. John, ↑St. John River • Instance Hypernyms: ↑river • Part Holonyms: ↑Maine, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saint John River (Afrika) — Saint John River Vorlage:Infobox Fluss/KARTE fehlt DatenVorlage:Infobox Fluss/GK …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Saint John River (Begriffsklärung) — Saint John River ist der Name folgender Flüsse: Saint John River, ein Grenzfluss im Osten der Vereinigen Staaten und Kanadas Saint John River (Afrika), ein Fluss in den Republiken Liberia und Guinea Der ähnlich klingende Name St. Johns River… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Saint John River High Level Crossing — The Saint John River High Level Crossing is a steel girder bridge crossing the Saint John River at Coystown, New Brunswick, Canada.Completed in 2001 and opened to the public in October, 2002, the bridge carries 4 lanes of the realigned Route 2… …   Wikipedia

  • Northwest Branch Saint John River — Origin Lac Frontière, Quebec Basin countries Canada, United States Length about 13 miles (20 km) Mouth elevation 1,050 feet (320 m) The Northwest …   Wikipedia

  • 2008 Saint John River Flood — Infobox flood image location=Saint John River Flood.jpg name=2008 Saint John River Flood duration=April May 2008 total da CDN$ total fatalities=0 areas affected= Edmundston, New Brunswick Fredericton, New Brunswick Fort Kent, Maine Maugerville,… …   Wikipedia

  • List of crossings of the Saint John River — The following bridges and ferries cross the Saint John River in the Canadian province of New Brunswick and U.S. state of Maine …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.