Mindel

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Mindel
Location Swabia, Bavaria,  Germany
Reference no. DE: 116
Length 77.93 km [1]
Source at the Mindelmühle near Ronsberg
47°53′53″N 10°26′24″E / 47.897972°N 10.44°E / 47.897972; 10.44Coordinates: 47°53′53″N 10°26′24″E / 47.897972°N 10.44°E / 47.897972; 10.44
Source height ca. 760 m
Mouth near Gundremmingen into the Danube
48°30′26″N 10°23′14″E / 48.50722°N 10.38722°E / 48.50722; 10.38722
Mouth height ca. 430 m
Descent ca. 330 m
Basin Danube
Progression Danube → Black Sea
Catchment 953 km²
Discharge Average mid:   10 m³/s
Average high: 65 m³/s
Right tributaries Flossach
Left tributaries Kammel
Small towns Mindelheim, Thannhausen, Burgau
Villages Markt Obergünzburg, Markt Ronsberg, Eggenthal, Unteregg, Markt Dirlewang, Apfeltrach, Markt Pfaffenhausen, Salgen, Breitenbrunn, Markt Kirchheim in Schwaben, Aletshausen, Ursberg, Balzhausen, Markt Münsterhausen, Markt Neuburg an der Kammel, Markt Burtenbach, Markt Jettingen-Scheppach, Rettenbach, Dürrlauingen, Markt Offingen, Gundremmingen

The Mindel is a river in Bavaria, southern Germany. The Mindel originates west of Kaufbeuren, in the Allgäu region, and flows generally north. It flows into the Danube (right tributary) in Gundremmingen, east of Günzburg. The towns Mindelheim, Burgau and Thannhausen lie along the Mindel.

The Mindel gave its name to the Mindel Glaciation in the Alps. This glacial period (approx. 350,000 - 250,000 years before present) is called Elsterian Stage (Elster / Elserian Glaciation) in northern Europe, and Anglian Stage in United Kingdom.

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