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1. also Northern Dvina A river, about 750 km (465 mi) long, of northwest Russia flowing northwest into Dvina Bay, an arm of the White Sea.
2. also Western Dvina A river, about 1,020 km (635 mi) long, rising in western Russia and flowing southwest and northwest through Belarus and Latvia to the Gulf of Riga.


(Russian dviˈna)
1. (Placename) Northern Dvina a river in NW Russia, formed by the confluence of the Sukhona and Yug Rivers and flowing northwest to Dvina Bay in the White Sea. Length: 750 km (466 miles). Russian name: Severnaya Dvina
2. (Placename) Western Dvina a river rising in W Russia, in the Valdai Hills and flowing south and southwest then northwest to the Gulf of Riga. Length: 1021 km (634 miles). Russian name: Zapadnaya Dvina Latvian name: Daugava


(ˈdvi nə)

1. Also called Western Dvina. Latvian, Daugava. a river rising in the Valdai Hills in the W Russian Federation, flowing W through Belorussia and Latvia to the Baltic Sea at Riga. ab. 640 mi. (1030 km) long.
2. Also called Northern Dvina. a river in the N Russian Federation in Europe, flowing NW into the White Sea. ab. 470 mi. (750 km) long.
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In November they took up defensive positions around Dvina River and fought off a massive Bolshevik attack in which the Canadians briefly lost control of their field guns, but then managed to rally and retake them, which had until that moment been a feat that had only happened once before in British military history.
Pearling centres developed along the Dvina River and its tributaries near the city of Arkhangelsk, on the Keret and Kem Rivers in Karelia and on the Kola Peninsula (particularly near the Umba and Varzuga Rivers; Figure 5).
It includes a huge 1711 panorama of Moscow, a 1656 map showing "the procession of Muscovites," a 1662 map of the north Dvina River, described as the only waterway into Muscovite; and two rare 1570 and 1606 maps of Tataria, or Tatar, basically the Mongol Empire.
The landscape is a series of raised terrace plains at 110-200 m elevation within the Severnai Dvina River drainage; 64% was forest dominated by conifers (55%, mostly Abies spp.).
Gunnes' group traveled on barges up the Dvina River, a cold body of muddy water looping through low hills, peat bogs and birch forests east of the White Sea, to a village where one of the first engagements between Russian and American troops took place.
The North Dvina River has been reported to contain 20 g C m-3 DOC (Gordeev et al., 1996), and the Lena River 7-8 g C m-3 DOC, increasing to 12 g C m-3when in flood (Cauwet and Sidorov, 1996).
Several key trade routes, such as the upper reaches of the strategic Dvina River, are simply not navigable.
An anguished and skeptical man facing an uncertain prognosis of a progressive disease, and disillusioned in love, he drowned himself in the Dvina River.
Some authors have emphasized emigration from southern Estonia to the basin of Northern Dvina River, and from the coastal areas of Finland to the southern banks of Lake Ladoga.