River Severn Bore

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Severn Bore

 
The River Severn Bore is a natural example of a self-reinforcing solitary wave or solution.

River Severn Bore at Minsterworth

A curious phenomenon associated with the lower reaches of the Severn is the tidal phenomenon known as the Severn Bore . The river's estuary , part of the Bristol Channel , has the second largest tidal range in the world which is approximately 15 metres , exceeded only (couple of feet) by the Bay of Fundy in Canada - and at certain combinations of the tides, the rising water is funneled up the estuary into a wave that travels rapidly upstream against the river current

The bore travels a distance of approximately 25 miles between Awre and Gloucester.

Severn Bore enthusiasts even attempt to surf along on the bore wave, which can be 2 m high. Being the onset of the flood tide it is accompanied by a rapid rise in water level which continues for about one and a half hours after the Severn Bore has passed.

According to some sources, the name " Severn " is derived from the name Sabrina (or "Sabern"), based on the mythical story of the drowning of a nymph in the river . Sabrina is also the goddess of the River Severn in Brythonic mythology .

The Severn Bore forms somewhat upstream of the Port of Sharpness

 

Towns -- Shrewsbury [·] Gloucester

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