The Magdalena River, which rises on the slopes of Papas Peak, at the junction of the Cordillera Central and the Cordillera Oriental of the northern Andes, flows northward through the heart of Colombia to the Caribbean Sea, to form the country's leading highway. From its source, the river winds its way through 1,000 miles of jungle to Barranquilla, the principal Colombian port on the Caribbean. The Valley extends some seventy-five kilometers laterally, terminating in the foothills of the Central and Oriental Cordilleras.
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Kearby, J. C. and Everett, R. D.
"The Magdalena Valley Of Colombia: A Geographical Reconnaissance,"
Field and Laboratory: Vol. 6
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