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The Aldan (russian: Алдан) is the second-longest, right
tributary A tributary or affluent is a stream or river that flows into a larger stream or main stem (or parent) river or a lake. A tributary does not flow directly into a sea or ocean. Tributaries and the main stem river drain the surrounding drainage basi ...
of the Lena in the Sakha Republic in eastern
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.Алдан (река в Якут. АССР)
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The river is long, of which around is navigable. It has a drainage basin of . It was part of the River Route to Okhotsk. In 1639 Ivan Moskvitin ascended the rivers Aldan and
Maya Maya may refer to: Civilizations * Maya peoples The Maya peoples () are an ethnolinguistic group of indigenous peoples Indigenous peoples, also referred to as First people, Aboriginal people, Native people, or autochthonous people, are cu ...
and crossed to the Ulya to reach the
Sea of Okhotsk The Sea of Okhotsk ( rus, Охо́тское мо́ре, Okhótskoye móre ; ja, オホーツク海, Ohōtsuku-kai) is a marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of Earth's oceanic divisions. ...
.


Course

It rises in the
Stanovoy Mountains The Stanovoy Range (russian: Станово́й хребе́т, ''Stanovoy khrebet''; ), is a mountain range located in the southern Sakha Republic, Far Eastern Federal District. It is also known as Sükebayatur and Sükhbaatar in Mongolian, ...
southwest of
Neryungri Neryungri ( rus, Нерюнгри, p=ˈnʲerʲʊnɡrʲɪ; evn, Ньируунгра; sah, Нүөрүҥгүрү, ''Nüörüñgürü'', ) is the second largest types of inhabited localities in Russia, town in the Sakha Republic, Russia and the admi ...
, then flows northeast across the
Aldan Highlands The Aldan Highlands, or Aldan Plateau ( rus, Алданское нагорье, r=Aldanskoye Nagorye; sah, Алдан үрдэлэ) are a mountainous area in the Sakha Republic, Far Eastern Federal District, Russia. The Olyokma Nature Reserve is ...
past Aldan and through Tommot, Ust-Maya, Eldikan and Khandyga before turning northwest and joining the Lena near Batamay. The river's main tributaries are the Timpton, Uchur, Maya and Allakh-Yun (river), Allakh-Yun from the right and the Amga (river), Amga from the left. Its Drainage basin, basin is known for gold and for Cambrian fossils.


References

* Rivers of the Sakha Republic Physiographic provinces {{Russia-river-stub