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River IJssel Flowing into the Ketelmeer, the Netherlands

52.5N 5.7E

February 5th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Netherlands - January 3rd, 2010

Netherlands - January 3rd, 2010

The River IJssel, sometimes called Gelderse IJssel to avoid confusion with its Hollandse IJssel namesake in the west of the Netherlands, is a branch of the Rhine in the Dutch provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel. Here, it flows more or less vertically across the image, just left of the middle.

River IJssel flows from Westervoort, east of the city of Arnhem, until it discharges into the IJsselmeer. River IJssel is one of the three major distributary branches into which the Rhine divides itself shortly after crossing the German-Dutch border. As a lowlands river, the IJssel has a lot of bends and naturally occurring dead branches.

Here, it can be seen flowing into the Ketelmeer, a lake between the polders Noordoostpolder and Oostelijk Flevoland, which connects the river IJssel to the lake IJsselmeer. The Ketelmeer has a size of 3500 hectare, most of which is in the province Flevoland, but the river delta of the IJssel is in the province Overijssel.

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