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The Altenau is a small river of Lower Saxony, Germany. It rises in the Elm, northeast of Eitzum [de], a district of Schöppenstedt, and discharges from the right into the Oker near Halchter [de], a district of Wolfenbüttel.

Altenau ford near Küblingen
StateLower Saxony
Reference no.DE: 4826
Physical characteristics
 - locationnortheast of Eitzum in the Elm
 - coordinates52°10′08″N 10°51′17″E / 52.16889°N 10.85472°E / 52.16889; 10.85472Coordinates: 52°10′08″N 10°51′17″E / 52.16889°N 10.85472°E / 52.16889; 10.85472
 - elevationabout 206 m
 - location
Oker near Wolfenbüttel
 - coordinates
52°08′10″N 10°33′24″E / 52.136175°N 10.556703°E / 52.136175; 10.556703
 - elevation
77 m
Length25.0 km (15.5 mi) [1]
Basin size140 km2 (54 sq mi) [1]
Basin features
ProgressionOkerAllerWeserNorth Sea
LandmarksSmall towns: Schöppenstedt
 - leftRothebach
 - rightSauerbach, Hachumerbach, Glue Riede


Altenau valleyEdit

Between the heights of the Asse and the Heeseberg in the south and the Elm ridge in the north stretches an almost treeless arable plain, the roughly 25 kilometre long Schöppenstedt Depression (Schöppenstedter Mulde). Here the Altenau flows in an east-west direction in a meadow valley about 500 metres wide. The source of the river lies immediately west of the watershed between the rivers Weser and Elbe. In the southern part of the depression the Altenau picks up a succession of small streams from the slopes of the Elm as it cuts through the hollow as a regulated and relatively straight stream.

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