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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.
India McTaggart
April 30, 2021
The Telegraph
Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole was on his way home from work when he jumped in to rescue a woman after spotting her fall from London Bridge
Gareth Davies
April 29, 2021
The Telegraph
Although formal identification has not taken place, City of London Police said it believed it had found the Year 8 Ark Globe Academy pupil
Telegraph reporters
April 23, 2021
The Telegraph
The boy was in full school uniform and 'fell' into the River Thames, his headteacher said
Dominic Penna
March 23, 2021
The Telegraph
The much-loved animal was named after the singer because of his crowd-pleasing performances near Hammersmith Bridge in Barnes
Ryan Morrison
July 21, 2020
Mail Online
Experts from the Royal Holloway University studied how high levels of microplastics are impacting the River Thames, including its water column and shoreline.
Helen Briggs
July 21, 2020
BBC News
The Thames has some of the highest recorded levels of microplastics in the world, a study says.
Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.
June 25, 2020
HowStuffWorks
Despite what the nursery rhyme says, London Bridge is not falling down -- and never really has. But the bridge that spans the Thames has been rebuilt again and again for two millennia.
BBC News
November 30, 2019
BBC News
The mammal, believed to be a minke whale, was found below Battersea Bridge in London.
James Robbins and Sarah Marley
October 16, 2019
phys.org
A humpback whale was recently spotted in the River Thames near London. This unusual sighting sparked national media interest, similar to "Benny" the beluga who also called the river home for several weeks last year. However, while Benny eventually left the Thames and headed home to the Arctic, the humpback whale was not so lucky. Ironically, despite the human-interest factor, the whale died as a result of human impact. In doing so, it had the dubious honor of being the first humpback whale known to have died in UK waters from being hit by a vessel.
Lizzie Roberts
October 11, 2019
The Telegraph
'Hessy' the humpback whale died after a collision with a ship which left her with catastrophic injuries to her jaw meaning she was unable to eat, ZSL has confirmed.
Lizzie Roberts
October 8, 2019
The Telegraph
A humpback whale spotted in the River Thames is believed to have died after it was spotted "lifeless" in the water.
May 30, 2019
WebWire
, , , , • RiverLinx consortium has been appointed to deliver the Silvertown tunnel project following a three-year procurement process by Transport for London., , • The contract is worth about £1 billion and includes the design of a 1.4-kilometres twin-bore road tunnel under the River Thames, as well as 0.6-kilometers of access ramps. , , • The Silvertown project will significantly reduce congestion in and around the neighboring 122 year old Blackwall tunnel. Currently, an estimated one million hou...
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