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The Balsas River is a river in south-central Mexicomarker that drains the large Balsas Basin (a graben). At a length of some it is one of Mexico's longest rivers. The Balsas River originates at the confluence of the San Martin and Zahuapan Rivers in the state of Pueblamarker. From there it flows southwestward and then westward through the state of Guerreromarker, forming the border between Guerreromarker and the state of Michoacánmarker. The river empties into the Pacific Oceanmarker at Mangrove Point, adjacent to the city of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán.

The river has a number of different names along its length, including the Atoyac River in Puebla and the Mezcala in Guerrero. There are a number of rapids along the length of the Balsas, and it is used as a source of hydroelectric power and for irrigation.

The Balsas dry forests occupy much of the Balsas Basin.

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