- Saar River
Infobox River | river_name = Saar
caption = Saar loop at Mettlach.
mouth = Moselle
length = 246 km
elevation = ±800 m
discharge = 75 m³/s
watershed = 7,431 km²The Saar (French: "Sarre") is a
riverin northeastern Franceand western Germany, and a right tributary of the Moselle River. It rises in the Vosges mountainson the border of Alsaceand Lorraine, with two headstreams ("Sarre Rouge" and "Sarre Blanche", united in Lorquin), that both start near Mont Donon, the highest peak of the northern Vosges. After 246 km (126 km in Franceand 120 km in Germany) the Saar flows into the Moselle Riverat Konz ( Rhineland-Palatinate), having a catchment area of 7,431 km².
In former times, the Saar was very important for the Saarland industries of
coal, ironand steel. Raw materials and finished products were shipped on it by water via the Saar Coal Canal, the Marne-Rhine Canaland the Rhine, for instance, to the Ruhrgebietor the port of Rotterdam. Although the German part of the Saar has been upgraded to a waterwayby deepening, construction of sluices and straightening, there is no significant shipping traffic.
The Saar flows through the following
departments of France, states of Germanyand towns:
Moselle(F): Abreschviller(Sarre Rouge), Lorquin, Sarrebourg, Fénétrange
Moselle(F): Sarralbe, Sarreguemines
Saarland(D): Saarbrücken, Völklingen, Wadgassen, Bous, Saarlouis, Dillingen, Merzig
Rhineland-Palatinate(D): Saarburg, Konz.
On the banks of the Saar is the
UNESCO- World Heritage Site Völklinger Hütte. At Mettlachthe Saar passes the well-known Saar loop.
Important tributaries of the Saar
* Length: 246 km, (126 in France, 120 km in Germany)
* Catchment area: 7,431 km²
* [http://sandre.eaufrance.fr/app/chainage/courdo/htm/A9--0100.php?cg=A9--0100 The Saar (Sarre) at the Sandre database]
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