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River Thames

River Thames

The River Thames is a river that flows through southern England including London.

The River Thames, known alternatively in parts as the Isis, is a river that flows through southern England including London. At 215 miles (346 km), it is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom, after the River Severn. It flows through Oxford (where it is called the Isis), Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Windsor. The lower reaches of the river are called the Tideway, derived from its long tidal reach up to Teddington Lock. It rises at Thames Head in Gloucestershire, and flows into the North Sea via the Thames Estuary.

The Thames drains the whole of Greater London.Its tidal section, reaching up to Teddington Lock, includes most of its London stretch and has a rise and fall of 23 feet (7 m). Running through some of the driest parts of mainland Britain and heavily abstracted for drinking water, the Thames' discharge is low considering its length and breadth: the Severn has a discharge almost twice as large on average despite having a smaller drainage basin. In Scotland, the Tay achieves more than double the Thames' average discharge from a drainage basin that is 60% smaller. Along its course are 45 navigation locks with accompanying weirs. Its catchment area covers a large part of south-eastern and a small part of western England; the river is fed by at least 50 named tributaries. The river contains over 80 islands. With its waters varying from freshwater to almost seawater, the Thames supports a variety of wildlife and has a number of adjoining Sites of Special Scientific Interest, with the largest being in the remaining parts of the North Kent Marshes and covering 5,449 hectares (13,460 acres).

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June 26, 2021
BBC News
Olympic snowboarder Aimee Fuller takes an electric surfboard for a spin on the River Thames.
Ben Turner
May 11, 2021
livescience.com
The injured baby whale slipped free from rescuers on Monday morning, and became stranded again after swimming upstream into shallower waters.
Graeme Demianyk
May 10, 2021
HuffPost UK
After a two-day battle to save the injured animal, experts say the whale would likely starve if it was released back into the sea.
Telegraph reporters
May 10, 2021
The Telegraph
Small whale, believed to be a Minke, stuck on boat rollers at Richmond Lock and Weir
Graeme Demianyk
May 3, 2021
HuffPost UK
Dozens of firefighters tackle blaze on Platt's Eyot island in Richmond upon Thames.
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