Engis

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Engis
Municipality
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Coat of arms of Engis
Coat of arms
Engis is located in Belgium
Engis
Engis
Location in Belgium
Location of Engis in the province of Liège
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Coordinates: 50°35′N 05°25′E / 50.583°N 5.417°E / 50.583; 5.417Coordinates: 50°35′N 05°25′E / 50.583°N 5.417°E / 50.583; 5.417
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Liège
Arrondissement Huy
Government
 • Mayor Serge Manzato (PS)
 • Governing party/ies PS
Area
 • Total 27.74 km2 (10.71 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total 6,050
 • Density 220/km2 (560/sq mi)
Postal codes 4480
Area codes 04
Website www.engis.be

Engis is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. On 1 January 2006 Engis had a total population of 5,686. The total area is 27.74 km² which gives a population density of 205 inhabitants per km².

The municipality consists of the following sub-municipalities: Engis proper, Clermont-sous-Huy, Éhein-Bas, and Hermalle-sous-Huy.

In 1829, in this village, Philippe-Charles Schmerling discovered the first Neanderthal ever, Engis 2, the damaged skull of a young child. This was before the 1856 discovery of the Neanderthal type specimen in the Neander Valley. Its importance was not recognised until 1936.[2]

Pollution fatalities[edit]

In late 1930 and early 1931, several thousand cases of acute pulmonary attacks occurred in the Meuse valley, centered on Engis, and 60 people died. A commission of inquiry set up by the Belgian government concluded that the cause was poisonous waste gases, primarily sulfur dioxide, emitted by the many factories in the valley and the furnaces used by the population, in conjunction with unusual climatic conditions coupled with the unique topographic characteristics of the area.[3][4] Others have claimed that the deaths were the result acute fluorine intoxication.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Population per municipality as of 1 January 2017 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. ^ "Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution, 2 Volume Set". Google Books. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  3. ^ Mage, J., and Batta, G. Resultat de l'expertise judiciare sur la cause des accidents survenus dans la Vallee de la Meuse pendant les brouillards de decembre 1930. Chim. & Ind., 27, 145 E (1932).
  4. ^ Batta, G., Firket, J., and Leclerc, E.: Les problemes de pollution de l'atmosphere. G. Thone, Liege, 1933 (pp. 260-327).

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Engis at Wikimedia Commons