Leda (river)

Leda is a river in north-western Germany in the state of Lower Saxony.

Flug Westerstede nach Leer 2010 259.jpg
StateLower Saxony
Physical characteristics
 • locationnorthwest of Spahnharrenstätte
 • coordinates52°53′30″N 7°34′02″E / 52.89167°N 7.56722°E / 52.89167; 7.56722Coordinates: 52°53′30″N 7°34′02″E / 52.89167°N 7.56722°E / 52.89167; 7.56722
 • elevation25 m above sea level (NN) as "Ohe"
 • location
southwest of Leer into the Ems
 • coordinates
53°12′37″N 7°25′27″E / 53.21033°N 7.42414°E / 53.21033; 7.42414
 • elevation
1 m above sea level (NN)
Length24.2 km (15.0 mi)[1]
Basin size2,096 km2 (809 sq mi) [2]
Basin features
ProgressionEmsNorth Sea
LandmarksVillages: Breddenberg, Sedelsberg, Ramsloh, Strücklingen, Potshausen
 • leftHauptfehn Canal, Polder Canal
 • rightLoruper Beeke, Rittveengraben, Marka, Bollinger Canal, Jümme
Navigable25 km (16 mi)

The Leda is a right tributary of the Ems and originates at the confluence of the Sagter Ems and the Dreyschloot (a branch of the Soeste) near Barßel. The Leda flows into the Ems near the town of Leer. On the southern bank of the Leda, in the Overledingen Land (Overledingen="country over the Leda"), opposite Leer, lies the small settlement of Kloster Muhde (Muhde from the Old Frisian mutha meaning "(river) mouth"). The total length of the river is 24.2 kilometres (15.0 mi)[1] (72.3 km (44.9 mi) including the source rivers Sagter Ems and Ohe).[2]

The lower 1.85 kilometres (1.15 mi) until the port of Leer are navigable for large (Class Vb) ships, a further 7 km until the mouth of the Jümme for Class II ships and a further 16 km until the Elisabethfehnkanal [ceb; de; pl; stq] are navigable but not classified.[1]

Mouth of the Leda on the Ems

In East Frisia the Sagter Ems, a headstream of the Leda, is also known as the Leda.

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