Müglitz (river)

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Müglitz
Dohna (02) 2006-12-21.jpg
The Müglitz in Dohna
Location Saxony,  Germany
Reference no. DE: 53718
Length 49 km
Source in the Eastern Ore Mountains on the border between Saxony and the Czech Republic
50°43′38″N 13°49′01″E / 50.7271484°N 13.8168802°E / 50.7271484; 13.8168802Coordinates: 50°43′38″N 13°49′01″E / 50.7271484°N 13.8168802°E / 50.7271484; 13.8168802
Source height 749 m above sea level (NN)
Mouth in Heidenau into the Elbe
50°58′38″N 13°52′56″E / 50.9773°N 13.8823°E / 50.9773; 13.8823
Mouth height 113 m above sea level (NN)
Descent 636 m
Basin Elbe
Progression Elbe → North Sea
Catchment 209 km²
Small towns Altenberg, Glashütte, Dohna, Heidenau
Villages Müglitztal
Müglitz valley near Weesenstein
View of the Upper Müglitz valley from the crest of the retention basin

The Müglitz is a river, about 49 km long, and a left tributary of the Elbe in the German state of Saxony.

Course[edit]

It rises in the Eastern Ore Mountains on the border between the German state of Saxony and the Czech Republic near the demolished Bohemian village of Mohelnice (Germah: Müglitz) from two headstreams:

  • The White Müglitz (German: Weiße Müglitz, Czech: Mohelnice) rises near the border by the former village of Vorderzinnwald (Cz: Přední Cínovec) and then forms the border stream with Saxony.
  • The Black Müglitz (German: Schwarze Müglitz, Schwarzbach, Sörnitz or Sernitz, Czech: Černý potok) rises near the abandoned village of Ebersdorf (Cz: Habartice) and its middle reaches flow through the northern part of the Black Meadows (Schwarzen Wiesen; the color label refers to the boggy character of the land). The name Sörnitz comes from Slavic zornice 'mill stream'.[citation needed] During severe weather on 8 July 1927 the stream became a torrent that tore up the ground, changed its riverbed, and flowed down the valley as a mud flow. From its source in the Haberfeld Forest (German: Haberfeldwald), the stream forms the state border for about 2 km.

From the German village of Müglitz, that lies only just below the confluence of the White and Black Müglitz, the Müglitz runs entirely on Saxon territory. It flows by several villages including Lauenstein, Glashütte, Müglitztal, and Dohna, before emptying into the Elbe at Heidenau.

Sources[edit]

  • Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin [Hrsg.]: Um Altenberg, Geising und Lauenstein. Werte der deutschen Heimat, Band 7. Berlin 1964.
  • Martin Ernst & Manfred Stephan: Rezente Hochflutsedimente der Müglitz südlich Dresden (Erzgebirge, Sachsen) im Vergleich mit Sandsteinbänken der Erdgeschichte. Jahresberichte und Mitteilungen des Oberrheinischen Geologischen Vereins, Neue Folge, 89: 11–35, Stuttgart 2007.
  • Jürgen Helfricht: Wahre Geschichten um Sachsens schönstes Tal. Tauchaer Verlag, Taucha 2000, ISBN 3-89772-022-1.

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