Main (river)

Main
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The Main River in Würzburg
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Position of the Main in Germany
Location
CountryGermany
Physical characteristics
Source 
 - locationUpper Franconia
 - coordinates50°5′11″N 11°23′54″E / 50°5′11″N 11°23′54″E / 50.08639; 11.39833
Mouth 
 - location
Rhine
 - coordinates
49°59′40″N 8°17′36″E / 49°59′40″N 8°17′36″E / 49.99444; 8.29333200 m3/s (7,100 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionRhineNorth Sea

The Main (German pronunciation: [ˈmaɪn] (About this soundlisten) is a river in Germany. With a length of 525 kilometres (326 mi) (including its 52 km long source river White Main), it is the longest right tributary of the Rhine. It is also the longest river lying entirely in Germany (if the Weser and the Werra are considered as two separate rivers; together they are longer). The largest cities along the Main are Frankfurt am Main and Würzburg.

Geography

The mainspring of the Main River flows through the German states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg (forming the border with Bavaria for some distance) and Hesse. Its basin competes with the Danube for water; as a result, many of its boundaries are identical with those of the European Watershed.

The Main begins near Kulmbach in Franconia at the joining of its two headstreams, the Red Main (Roter Main) and the White Main (Weißer Main). The Red Main originates in the Franconian Jura mountain range, 50 km (31 mi) in length, and runs through Creussen and Bayreuth. The White Main originates in the mountains of the Fichtelgebirge; it is 41 km (25 mi) long. In its upper and middle section, the Main runs through the valleys of the German Highlands. Its lower section crosses the Lower Main Lowlands (Hanau-Seligenstadt Basin and northern Upper Rhine Plain) to Wiesbaden, where it discharges into the Rhine. Major tributaries of the Main are the Regnitz, the Franconian Saale, the Tauber, and the Nidda.

The name "Main" derives from the Latin Moenus or Menus. It is not related to the name of the city Mainz (Latin: Moguntiacum).

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Main
العربية: ماين (نهر)
تۆرکجه: ماین چایی
Bân-lâm-gú: Main Hô
беларуская: Майн
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Майн
български: Майн
Boarisch: Main
bosanski: Majna
brezhoneg: Main
català: Main
čeština: Mohan
Cymraeg: Afon Main
dansk: Main
Deutsch: Main
dolnoserbski: Mohan
eesti: Main
Ελληνικά: Μάιν
español: Río Meno
Esperanto: Majno (rivero)
euskara: Main
فارسی: رود ماین
français: Main (rivière)
Frysk: Main
galego: Río Main
한국어: 마인강
հայերեն: Մայն
hornjoserbsce: Mohan
hrvatski: Majna
Bahasa Indonesia: Sungai Main
Interlingue: Main
italiano: Meno (fiume)
עברית: מיין (נהר)
ქართული: მაინი
қазақша: Майн
Latina: Moenus
latviešu: Maina
Lëtzebuergesch: Main
lietuvių: Mainas
lumbaart: Mèn
македонски: Мајна
मराठी: माइन नदी
Nederlands: Main
日本語: マイン川
norsk: Main
norsk nynorsk: Main
Piemontèis: Men
Plattdüütsch: Main
polski: Men
português: Rio Meno
română: Main
Seeltersk: Main
Simple English: Main
slovenčina: Mohan
slovenščina: Majna
српски / srpski: Мајна
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Majna
suomi: Main
svenska: Main
Türkçe: Main (nehir)
українська: Майн
Tiếng Việt: Sông Main
吴语: 美茵河
粵語: 美茵河
中文: 美因河