Location of Kuta in the catchment area of the Lena (bottom left)
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The Kuta (Russian Кута ) is a 408 km long left tributary of the Lena in Siberia (Russia, Asia).
The Kuta rises in about 650 meters above sea level in the southeast of the central Siberian highlands, first flows mainly to the west, then south in a wide, covered by taiga and partly swampy valley. At the mouth of the only significant addition to the Kupa River from the right, the river turns sharply to the east. From here it flows in a relatively narrow and deep valley in wide arcs, and finally joins up with the eponymous city Ust- Kut (Russian for " Kuta - mouth " ) at 284 m altitude in the Lena.
At its entire length, the Kuta flows through the territory of the Irkutsk Oblast.
The catchment area of Kuta comprises 12,500 km ². Above the estuary of the river reaches a width of about 50 meters and one meter depth; The flow rate is 0.7 m / s
The average discharge of the village Rutschei, below the confluence of the Kupa and 52 km above the mouth of 61.4 m³ / s, with a minimum monthly mean of 14.6 m³ / s in March and a maximum monthly average of 348 m³ / s in May.
The Kuta freezing between November and early May.
The Kuta is not navigable.
The area of the upper and middle reaches of the river is practically uninhabited, but is used for forestry. Quite a lot of smaller towns, including urban-type settlement Jantal, there is on the lower reaches from the Kupamündung.
Along the Kupa and the Kuta the railway Taischet - Ust -Kut ( Lena station ) was built in the 1950s, which was put into operation in 1958 and today represents the western section of the Baikal - Amur Mainline. The railway crosses the river three kilometers below the Kupamündung and follows him on the left side about 60 miles to the mouth. Parallel runs on this section of the regional road R419 Tulun about Bratsk to Ust- Kut.