Chelif River

Chelif River (Arabic: وادي الشلف) (also spelled Chéliff, or Sheliff[3]) is a 700-kilometre-long (430 mi) river in Algeria and also the longest one in the country. It rises in the Saharan Atlas near the city of Aflou, flows through the Tell Atlas and empties into the Mediterranean Sea north of the city of Mostaganem. The water level in the river often fluctuates. The river is being used for irrigation (mainly on its lower course).

Oued Chelif[1]
Wad Sheliff[2]
Cheliff Bridge nearby Ech Cheliff
Native nameوادي الشلف  (Arabic)
Physical characteristics
SourceSaharan Atlas
MouthMediterranean Sea
36°02′22″N 0°07′59″E
Length725 km (450 mi)

The river was formerly called the Mekerra and the Sig River.



  • EB staff (26 April 2015), "Chelif River - river, Algeria", Encyclopædia Britannica, retrieved 26 April 2015

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