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The Mouth of the River Elbe, Germany – May 18th, 2009

53.8N 8.6E

May 18th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Mouth of River Elbe, Germany - May 12th, 2009

Mouth of River Elbe, Germany - May 12th, 2009

The Elbe is one of the major rivers of Central Europe, with a total length of 1,094 kilometres (680 mi). It originates in the Krkonose Mountains of northwestern Czech Republic before traversing much of Bohemia (Czech Republic), then Germany.

Shortly after crossing the Czech-German frontier, and passing through the sandstone defiles of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, the stream assumes a north-westerly direction, which on the whole it preserves right to the North Sea.

The river rolls through Dresden and finally, beyond Meißen, enters on its long journey across the North German Plain passing along the former border of East Germany.

Along its course, it takes on the waters of the Mulde and Saale from the west, and those of the Schwarze Elster, Havel and Elde from the east.

It finally flows into the North Sea at Cuxhaven, close to Hamburg. Its mouth is visible here, discharging dark brown sediments  into the sea.

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