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Rhône River

The Rhône rises from the Rhône Glacier (at an altitude of six thousand feet) in the Alps of south-central Switzerland, and, over its course of over five hundred miles, flows westward through Alpine valleys, through Lake Geneva (near which it is joined by the Arve), into France, going south through the Jura Mountains, joining with the Saône at Lyons, and into the Mediterranean at Arles, west of Marseille.

The Rhône's strong and turbulent current long made it difficult to navigate; only in the middle of the twentieth century were dams and canals constructed to make it more navigable.