|Jordan River (|
|Name origin: Hebrew: ירדן (yardén, “descender”), from ירד (yarad, “descended”)|
|- elevation||2,814 m (9,232 ft)|
|- elevation||−416 m (−1,365 ft)|
|Length||251 km (156 mi)|
The Jordan River runs along the border between Jordan, the Palestinian West Bank, Israel and southwestern Syria.
The Jordan River (also River Jordan;
The river has a major significance in
The Jordan River has an upper course from its sources to the Sea of Galilee, and a lower course south of the Sea of Galilee down to the Dead Sea. In traditional terminology, the upper course (or most of it) is commonly referred to as passing through the "
Over its upper course, the river drops rapidly in a 75-kilometre (47 mi) run to the once large and swampy
Its section north of the Sea of Galilee is within the boundaries of Israel, and forms the western boundary of the Golan Heights. South of the lake, it forms the border between the Kingdom of Jordan (to the east), and Israel (to the west).
This section does not
The streams coming together to create the River Jordan in its upper basin are, west to east:
South of the
Smaller tributaries in this segment are