“O” in #AtoZChallenge
Oder River is one of the most significant feeders of the Baltic Sea. It passes through the Czech Republic, forms a border between Poland and Germany, and empties into the Baltic Sea via a lagoon in the Polish city of Szczecin.
How did I choose this River? I was almost lost trying to find a river with a name starting in O in India. I even started to think if it is all worth to break the head for this A2ZChallenge with all those other priority tasks in my list.
Tomorrow the Ester vacations start, and I was planning my drive to Poland. While trying to read about Poland, and places to visit – Bingo – I see a light bulb glowing on the screen. Yes, it was the river. Not just any river – a river with the name starting with O. Haha, my karma wants me to continue this A2ZChallenge! OK. I listened to it.
The Oder river starts its course in the Czech Republic, at an altitude of nearly 2,100 feet in the Hruby Jesenik Mountains. The Oder River is an important element in the Polish economy, helping to carry almost 10 percent of total tonnage handled by its largest seaport, Szczecin, at the Oder’s Baltic mouth.
The river flows for a total distance of 840KMs, including the 187KM in the border between Poland & Germany and it is the third longest river of Poland.
You know what? Oder river delta region is an important stop-over point for the migrating birds using the East Atlantic Flyway. With its amazing stretches of natures, it is also called as “The Amazon of the North“.
In my series of post in this A2ZChallenge, we have been reading about the conflict around the water bodies that are shared across boundaries. So how about this river that passes through different countries? Yes, it had similar issues, but the river was recognized as the border between Poland and East Germany in 1950 after a long period of refusal.
The very same Oder river, which forms the boundary between Germany & Poland started acting as connecting bond rather than a barrier between these people. Thanks to the efforts of Poland & Germany to boost the water tourism along this river.
So, this is a beautiful example of how each government can take all stake-holders along and still grow their region to prosperity. Will we all learn from such example?
My theme for the April 2019 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the rivers, mostly from India. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter P? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
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