Thiou

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Thiou
River
AnnecyThiou.jpg
View of the Thiou flowing through the city of Annecy
Country France
Municipality Annecy
Source Lake Annecy
 - elevation 446.8 m (1,466 ft)
Mouth Fier River
 - coordinates 45°54′34″N 6°5′53″E / 45.90944°N 6.09806°E / 45.90944; 6.09806Coordinates: 45°54′34″N 6°5′53″E / 45.90944°N 6.09806°E / 45.90944; 6.09806
Length 3.5 km (2 mi)
Volume 8.5 m3 (300 cu ft)

The Thiou, about 3.5 km long, is considered one of the shortest rivers in France.[1] It is an effluent of Lake Annecy and an affluent of Fier, which is in turn is a tributary of the Rhone. The Thiou is considered one of the cleanest rivers in Europe and a postcard of the city of Annecy. The Thiou crosses the city forming small canals without which the city would not be often called the Venice of the Alps.

During the nineteenth century, the Thiou played an important role in manufacturing activities and provided the necessary energy to the industries that developed in the city of Annecy.

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