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Peene river, its affluents, and Peenestrom strait
|⁃ elevation||30 m (98 ft)|
|⁃ elevation||80 m (260 ft)|
|3rd source||Kleine Peene (Teterower Peene)|
|⁃ location||Groß Wokern|
|⁃ elevation||85 m (279 ft)|
|0 m (0 ft)|
|Length||138.5 km (86.1 mi)|
|Basin size||5,110 km2 (1,970 sq mi)|
|⁃ average||20.6 m3/s (730 cu ft/s)|
The Westpeene, with Ostpeene as its longer tributary, and Kleine Peene/Teterower Peene (with a Peene without specification (or Nordpeene) as its smaller and shorter affluent) flow into Kummerower See (Lake Kummerow), and from there as Peene proper to Anklam and into the Oder Lagoon.
The western branch of the Oder River, which separates the island of Usedom from the German mainland, is often also called Peene, but actually is considered a part of the Baltic Sea called the Peenestrom. It is one of three channels connecting the Oder Lagoon with the Bay of Pomerania of the Baltic Sea. (The other channels are the Świna and the Dziwna.)
Old watermill on Kleine Peene in Teterow
Peene harbour in Demmin
Peene river near Loitz
Peene river in Anklam
Peenestrom strait with Wolgast
Peenestrom harbour in Wolgast
Peene river itself has some properties of an inlet. From Kummerower See, inclusively, to the mouth, the ground of the water is five feet and more below sea level. The windkessel effect of the large surface of this lake allows reverse flows that with northern wind may last as long as a week. These reverse flows do not only occur in times of low discharge of its afffluents, but also in times of an overflow of precipitation.
The Peene Valley is one of the largest contiguous fen regions in central Europe. Thanks to its wilderness and intact nature, the river Peene and its valley is sometimes grandiloquently referred to as "the Amazon of the North".
- Media related to Peene at Wikimedia Commons
- www.peenetal-landschaft.de - Association for natural protection of the Peene river valley (German)
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