Ouse, River


Ouse, River
I
River, northeastern England.

It is formed in North Yorkshire and flows through York and Selby to join the River Aire. It merges with the River Trent to form the River Humber. The lower Ouse is a major transport route for industrial products and raw materials.
II

River, central and eastern England.

It rises in Northamptonshire and flows 156 mi (251 km) past Buckingham, Bedford, Huntington, and St. Ives to Earith, then to the North Sea. Locks make the river navigable upstream to Bedford.

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river, eastern England, United Kingdom
also called  Great Ouse,  

      river in England, draining the East Midlands at the Fens. It rises 5 miles (8 km) west of Brackley, Northamptonshire, and flows past Buckingham, Bedford, Huntington, and St. Ives to Earith and thence via the Fens to The Wash, a shallow inlet of the North Sea. For the first 100 miles (160 km), the river follows an irregular, meandering course, its gradient falling from 20 feet per mile (4 metres per kilometre) above Buckingham to 2 feet per mile (0.4 metre per kilometre) toward Earith. From Earith to its mouth, a distance of 35 miles (56 km), the course is almost entirely artificial, having been straightened and having had its flow controlled by sluices. The average gradient there is very slight. Parts of the upper valley are followed by the Grand Union Canal. Locks make the river navigable upstream to Bedford. Coarse fishing and gravel extraction are important.

      The river is sometimes called the Great Ouse, probably to distinguish it from its tributary the Little Ouse.

river, northern England, United Kingdom
      river in north-central England, draining the central Pennines (via its tributaries) and the Vale of York. It is formed by the confluence of the Swale and Ure rivers east of Boroughbridge in central North Yorkshire county. The Ouse flows generally southeastward for 60 miles (99 km) through the city of York and parish (town) of Selby to join the River Aire (at the Humberside county boundary) north of Goole. About 9 miles (14 km) east of Goole the Ouse merges with the north-flowing River Trent to form the River Humber (en route to the North Sea). The average discharge of the Ouse into the Humber is about 3,500 cubic feet per second (100 cubic metres per second). The lower Ouse is a major transportation route for industrial products and raw materials (including steel, coal, and textiles); it is connected to the Aire and Calder Navigation, one of England's most important inland waterway systems, which extends into the heavily industrialized area of West Yorkshire. Assorted crops, including barley, wheat, potatoes, and sugar beets, are grown along its adjacent plain.

      Deep-shaft coalfields in the Ouse basin emerged as the United Kingdom's most important new source of coal in the late 20th century, thus increasing the economic significance of the Ouse as a transportation route.

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