River Great Ouse


River Great Ouse
 
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The River Great Ouse after Brownshill Staunch, near Over in Cambridgeshire
Country United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Counties Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk
Source
 - location Syresham, South Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, England
 - elevation 150 m (492 ft)
 - coordinates 52°05′33″N 1°05′35″W / 52°05′33″N 1°05′35″W / 52.09252; -1.09301
Mouth The Wash
 - location King's Lynn, United Kingdom
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 52°47′47″N 0°21′53″E / 52°47′47″N 0°21′53″E / 52.79632; 0.36468
Length 230 km (143 mi)
Basin 8,380 km2 (3,236 sq mi)
Discharge for Denver Sluice [1]
 - average 15.8 m3/s (558 cu ft/s) Catchment area 3430 km2
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Great Ouse catchment
Wikimedia Commons: Great Ouse

The River Great Ouse ( z/) is a river in the United Kingdom, the longest of several British rivers called "Ouse". From Syresham in central England, the Great Ouse flows into East Anglia before entering the Wash, a bay of the North Sea. With a course of 143 miles (230 km), mostly flowing north and east, it is the one of the longest rivers in the United Kingdom. The Great Ouse has been historically important for commercial navigation, and for draining the low-lying region through which it flows; its best-known tributary is the Cam, which runs through Cambridge. Its lower course passes through drained wetlands and fens and has been extensively modified, or channelised, to relieve flooding and provide a better route for barge traffic. Though the unmodified river probably changed course regularly after floods, it now enters the Wash after passing through the port of King's Lynn, south of its earliest-recorded route to the sea.

Name

The name Ouse is from the Celtic or pre-Celtic *Udso-s, [2] and probably means simply "water" or slow flowing river. [3] The lower reaches of the Great Ouse are also known as "Old West River" and "the Ely Ouse", but all the river is often referred to simply as the Ouse in informal usage (the word "Great", which originally meant simply big, or in the case of a river long, is used to distinguish this river from several others called the Ouse).

Other Languages
català: Gran Ouse
Чӑвашла: Грейт-Уз
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lietuvių: Didysis Uzas
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русский: Грейт-Уз
српски / srpski: Грејт Уз
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svenska: Great Ouse
українська: Грейт-Уз
中文: 大烏茲河