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Fram Wikipǣdian
Þis geƿrit hæfþ ƿordcƿide on Nīƿenglisce.
Land Francland, Belgice, Niðerland
Ofcyme Le Châtelet-sur-Meuse
Mūþ Norþsǣ
Lengu 950 kilometre
Med. ēagang 230 m³/s
Wætertroges mearc 36,000 km²
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Sēo Mǣs (Niðerlandisce Maas) is Europisc hēafod ēa, rising in Francland and flowing through Belgice and the Niðerland before draining into Norþsǣ. Hēo hæfþ hāle lengþe 925 km (575 mīlena).

The Meuse rises on the Langres Plateau in France from where it flows northwards past Sedan (the head of navigation) and Charleville-Mézières into Belgium. At Namur it is joined by the River Sambre. Beyond Namur the Meuse winds eastwards, skirting the Ardennes, and passes Liège before turning north. The river then forms part of the Belgian-Dutch border, except that at Maastricht the border lies further to the west. In the Netherlands it continues northwards past Venlo, then turns towards the west, merging with the Rhine into an extensive delta before finally flowing into the North Sea via the Nieuwe Waterweg and the Hollands Diep. The river divides near Heusden into the Afgedamde Maas on the right and the Bergse Maas on the left.

The Meuse is crossed by railway bridges between the following stations (on the left and right banks respectively):

Sind ēac manigfealda rādbrycga and ymbe 32 ferry crossings.

The Meuse is navigable over a substantial part hire hālan lengþe: In Holland and Belgium, the river is part of the major inland navigation infrastructure, connecting the Rotterdam-Amsterdam-Antwerp port areas to the industrial areas upstream: 's Hertogenbosch, Venlo, Maastricht, Liège, Namur. South of Namur, further upstream, the river can only carry more modest vessels, although a barge as long as 100 m. can still reach the French border town of Givet.

From Givet, the river is canalized over a distance of 272 kilometers. The canalized Meuse used to be called the "Canal de l'Est - Branche Nord" but was recently rebaptized into "Canal de la Meuse". The waterway can be used by the smallest barges that are still in use commercially (almost 40 meters long and just over 5 meters wide). Just upstream of the town of Commercy, the Canal de la Meuse connects with the Canal de la Marne au Rhin by means of a short diversion canal. (Source: NoorderSoft Waterways database)

A view of the Meuse in the French Ardennes

Tributaries[adiht | adiht fruman]

The main tributaries of the river Meuse are listed below in downstream-upstream order, with the town where the tributary meets the river:

Wikimedia Commons hæfþ māran gemyndþrǣdas sibb mid:
Meuse River

Mǣs département[adiht | adiht fruman]

Sēo Mǣs département, in ēastannorðum Franclande is genemnod æfter þǣre ēa.