Weschnitz

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Weschnitz
The course of the Weschnitz
The course of the Weschnitz
Location
CountryGermany
States
Physical characteristics
Source 
 • coordinates49°38′22.4″N 8°49′43.1″E / 49.639556°N 8.828639°E / 49.639556; 8.828639 (Weschnitz source)
 • elevation455 m (1,493 ft)
Mouth 
 • coordinates
49°42′39″N 8°24′36″E / 49.71083°N 8.41000°E / 49.71083; 8.41000 (Weschnitz mouth)Coordinates: 49°42′39″N 8°24′36″E / 49.71083°N 8.41000°E / 49.71083; 8.41000 (Weschnitz mouth)
 • elevation
84.9 m (279 ft)
Length59.4 km (36.9 mi) [1]
Basin size438.3 km2 (169.2 sq mi) [1]
Basin features
ProgressionRhineNorth Sea

The Weschnitz is a 59.4-kilometre-long (36.9 mi) right tributary of the Rhine running through the German states of Hesse and Baden-Württemberg. The name of the river traces to the Celtic god Visucius, who was worshiped in the region.

The river source is in the Odenwald, in the town of Grasellenbach. It then flows in a westerly direction through a number of communities, including Fürth, Rimbach, Mörlenbach and Birkenau. At Weinheim, the river splits into two branches as it enters the Upper Rhine Plain. The two courses join at Lorsch. It then flows through the communities of Einhausen and Biblis before emptying into the Rhine at the Biblis Nuclear Power Plant.

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