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The Volme
Volme
is a river in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, a left tributary of the Ruhr. It is 50.5 km long,[2] of which about 21 km lie within the city limits of Hagen. Its largest tributary is the Ennepe. The Volme
Volme
rises at 480 m above sea level in the southeastern part of the Ruhr
Ruhr
region, southeast of the town Meinerzhagen. It flows through the municipalities of Meinerzhagen, Kierspe, Halver (Oberbrügge), Lüdenscheid
Lüdenscheid
(Brügge), Schalksmühle
Schalksmühle
and Hagen
Hagen
and empties into the Ruhr
Ruhr
at 91 m above sea level. In the city of Hagen, the Volme
Volme
is predominantly canalised, and since 2004 has been under restoration. Tributaries of the Volme
Volme
are, from the mouth upstream:

Ennepe
Ennepe
(in Hagen
Hagen
centre) Sterbecke (in Hagen-Rummenohl) Hälver (in Schalksmühle) Elspe (in Lüdenscheid-Brügge) Wiebelsaat
Wiebelsaat
(in Meinerzhagen)

Industrial development[edit] In the pre-industrial age, numerous mills, smithies and foundries arose along the Volme, from which the iron industry developed during the 19th and the 20th centuries. The Hagen–Dieringhausen railway runs through the valley. References[edit]

^ a b Hydrographic Directory of the NRW State Office for Nature, the Environment and Consumer Protection (Gewässerverzeichnis des Landesamtes für Natur, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz NRW 2010) (xls; 4.67 MB)

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