Eastern Neisse

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Eastern Neisse
(Nysa Kłodzka)
River
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Country Poland
Regions Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Opole Voivodeship
Source
 - location Jodłów, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
 - coordinates 50°9′45″N 16°45′8″E / 50.16250°N 16.75222°E / 50.16250; 16.75222
Mouth Oder
 - location Rybna, Opole Voivodeship, Poland
 - coordinates 50°49′9″N 17°39′30″E / 50.81917°N 17.65833°E / 50.81917; 17.65833Coordinates: 50°49′9″N 17°39′30″E / 50.81917°N 17.65833°E / 50.81917; 17.65833
Length 195 km (121 mi)
Basin 4,565 km2 (1,763 sq mi)
Discharge mouth
 - average 574 m3/s (20,271 cu ft/s)
Progression OderBaltic Sea
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Oder basin, Nysa Kłodzka in red

The Eastern Neisse,[1] also known by its Polish name of Nysa Kłodzka (German: Glatzer Neiße, Czech: Kladská Nisa), is a river in southwestern Poland, a left tributary of the Oder, with a length of 195 km (21st longest) and a basin area of 4,566 km² (3,744 in Poland).

Before 1945 the area was part of Germany. During the Yalta Conference it was discussed by the Western Allies as one possible line of the western Polish border. Attempts were made to negotiate a compromise with the Soviets on the new Polish-German frontier; it was suggested that the Eastern Neisse be made the line of demarcation. This would have meant that (East) Germany could have retained approximately half of Silesia, including most of Wrocław. However the Soviets rejected the suggestion at the Potsdam Conference and insisted that the southern boundary between Germany and Poland be drawn further west, at the Lusatian Neisse.[2][1]

Floods[edit]

The Eastern Neisse originates in the Śnieżnik mountain range of the Sudetes, near the border with the Czech Republic. It is partially regulated. The river has often left its banks and flooded nearby towns, at times destroying them completely. Town chronicles from Kłodzko mention floods in the following years:

  • 14th century: 1310
  • 15th century: 1441, 1464, 1474
  • 16th century: 1500, 1522, 1524, 1560, 1566, 1570, 1587, 1589, 1591, 1598,
  • 17th century: 1602, 1603, 1605, 1610, 1611, 1612, 1625, 1646, 1652, 1655, 1689, 1693, 1696
  • 18th century: 1702, 1703, 1713, 1724, 1735, 1736, 1740, 1755, 1763, 1767, 1775, 1785, 1787, 1789, 1799
  • 19th century: 1804, 1806, 1827, 1828, 1829, 1831, 1850, 1854, 1879, 1881, 1883, 1891, 1897
  • 20th century: 1900, 1903, 1907, 1938, 1952, 1997, 1998

Towns[edit]

Until 1945, these communities were situated on German territory and largely populated by Germans before they were driven out at the end of the Second World War. German names are indicated in italics.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Plokhy S.M. Yalta: The Price of Peace, New York: Viking, 2010.
  2. ^ Brogan, Patrick (1990). The Captive Nations: Eastern Europe, 1945-1990. Avon books, p. 18. ISBN 0380763044