Meuse (river)

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Coordinates: 51°42′54″N 4°40′4″E / 51.715°N 4.66778°E / 51.715; 4.66778
Meuse
Maas, Mouze
River
Dinant Meuse R01.jpg
The Meuse at Dinant
Countries France, Belgium, Netherlands
Cities Sedan, Charleville-Mézières, Namur, Liège, Maastricht, Venlo
Source
 - location Pouilly-en-Bassigny, Le Châtelet-sur-Meuse, France
 - elevation 409 m (1,342 ft)
 - coordinates 47°59′12″N 5°37′0″E / 47.98667°N 5.616667°E / 47.98667; 5.616667
Mouth Hollands Diep
 - elevation m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 51°42′54″N 4°40′4″E / 51.715°N 4.66778°E / 51.715; 4.66778
Length 925 km (575 mi)
Basin 34,548 km² (13,339 sq mi)
Discharge
 - average 350 /s (12,360 cu ft/s)
The Meuse
The Meuse

The Meuse (Dutch: Maas) is a river in Western Europe. The river starts in France, goes through Belgium and the Netherlands. It ends in the North Sea.[1] The Meuse is fed mostly by rainwater.[2] It is the oldest river in the world.

History[change | change source]

From 1301, the Meuse in the Netherlands was the western border of the Holy Roman Empire. In World War II, the Meuse was a goal for the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Robert Pateman; Mark Elliott, Belgium (New York: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2006), p. 11
  2. Wetlands: Environmental Gradients, Boundaries, and Buffers, ed. George Mulamoottil; et al. (CRC Press, 1996), p. 92
  3. Steve Kane, The 1st SS Panzer Division in the Battle of the Bulge (Bennington, VT: Merriam Press, 1997), p. 22