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Thames Estuary

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The Thames Estuary is where the River Thames meets the waters of the North Sea, in the south-east of Great Britain.
The limits of the estuary have been defined in several ways:
Although physically the head of Sea Reach or the Kent / Essex Strait, south of Canvey Island on the northern (Essex) shore presents a western boundary, the Tideway itself can be considered estuarine; it starts in south-west London at Teddington/Ham.
The Yantlet Line between the Crowstone in Chalkwell and the London Stone on the Isle of Grain.
The Nore sandbank between Havengore Creek, Essex, and Warden Point, Kent.
The eastern boundary of the estuary suggested in a Hydrological Survey of 1882-9 is a line drawn from North Foreland, Margate, Kent via the Kentish Knock lighthouse to Harwich in Essex. It is to this line that the typical estuarine sandbanks extend. The estuary downstream of the Tideway has a tidal movement of 4 metres, moving at a speed of up to 2.6 knots (4.8 km/h; 3.0 mph).
A line from Warden Point on the Isle of Sheppey Kent via Sea Reach No. 1 buoys to  Havengore Head Essex.The estuary is one of the largest of 170 such inlets on the coast of Great Britain. It constitutes a major shipping route: its thousands of movements each year include large oil tankers, container ships, bulk carriers and roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ferries entering the estuary for the Port of London and the Medway Ports of Sheerness, Chatham and Thamesport.
The traditional Thames sailing barge worked in this area, designed to be suitable for the shallow waters in the smaller ports. More recently one of the largest wind farms in the UK has been developed in the estuary, located 8.5 km north of Herne Bay, Kent. The farm contains 30 wind turbines generating a total of 82.4MW of electricity. The much larger 630 MW London Array was inaugurated in 2013.
This area has had several proposed sites for the building of a new airport to supplement, or even to replace Heathrow/Gatwick. In the 1960s Maplin Sands was a contender; in 2002 it was to be at Cliffe, Kent. The new airport would be built on a man-made island in the estuary north of Minster-in-Sheppey 
There is also some discussion about the need for a Lower Thames Crossing in order to alleviate traffic congestion at Dartford.
The Thames Estuary is the focal part of the 21st-century toponym, the "Thames Gateway", designated as one of the principal development areas in Southern England.


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Thames Estuary

Thames Estuary

Estuary in the United Kingdom

  • Desc: The Thames Estuary is where the River Thames meets the waters of the North Sea, in the south-east of Great Britain. The limits of the estuary have been defined in several ways:
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames_Estuary
  • Type: TouristAttraction, Thing, Place, BodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 1772.40

A Royal Visit to the Fleet in the Thames Estuary, 1672

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Lowestoft – Lowestoft via Thames Estuary – 193009 – Fully Booked

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A walk along the Thames Estuary: Gravesend, and the Tilbury forts

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Thames Estuary Partnership – Amy Pryor

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The Thames Estuary

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A Royal Visit to the Fleet in the Thames Estuary

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The Thames Estuary

Book by Donald Attwater

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Shipping in Light Airs in the Thames Estuary

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Dining on Stones

Book by Iain Sinclair

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Heart of Darkness

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  • Result Score: 3.00
River Thames

River Thames

River in England

  • Desc: The River Thames, known alternatively in parts as the Isis, is a river that flows through southern England including London. At 215 miles, it is the longest river entirely in England and the second-longest in the United Kingdom, after the River Severn.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Thames
  • Type: BodyOfWater, Place, Thing, TouristAttraction, RiverBodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 2.13

Wide Open

Book by Nicola Barker

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  • Result Score: 1.00
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