The Junction of Rhone and Arve Rivers
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The Junction of Rhone and Arve Rivers

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This is the point where the two rivers, the Rhone and the Arve, meet  in Geneva, Switzerland ! You can easely recognize the brownish Arve on the left, mixing with the deep green/blue Rhone.

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