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The RUHR is a river in western Germany
Germany
( North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia
), a right tributary (east-side) of the Rhine
Rhine
.

DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY

The Ruhr
Ruhr
valley near Bochum
Bochum
during a flood

The source of the Ruhr
Ruhr
is near the town of Winterberg
Winterberg
in the mountainous Sauerland
Sauerland
region, at an elevation of approximately 2,200 feet (670 m). It flows into the lower Rhine
Rhine
at an elevation of only 56 feet (17 m) in the municipal area of Duisburg
Duisburg
. Its total length is 218 km (135 mi), its average discharge is 79 m³/s (cubic metres per second) at Mülheim near its mouth. Thus, its discharge is, for example, comparable to that of the river Ems in Northern Germany
Germany
or the River
River
Thames in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
.

The Ruhr
Ruhr
first passes the towns of Meschede , Arnsberg , Wickede , Fröndenberg , Holzwickede
Holzwickede
, Iserlohn
Iserlohn
and Schwerte
Schwerte
. Then the river marks the southern limit of the Ruhr area
Ruhr area
, passing Hagen
Hagen
, Dortmund
Dortmund
, Herdecke , Wetter , Witten , Bochum
Bochum
, Hattingen
Hattingen
, Essen
Essen
, Mülheim and Duisburg
Duisburg
.

The Ruhr area
Ruhr area
was Germany's primary industrial area during the early- to mid-20th century. Most factories were located there. The occupation of the Ruhr