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Encyclopedia > Lek River
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Satellite image of the east bit of the Rhine-Meuse delta showing river Lek (e) — the Kromme Rijn stream is too small to show up on this picture.

The Lek is a river in the western Netherlands of some 60 km in length. It is the name of a distributary branch of river Rhine, which, shortly after entering the Netherlands, bifurcates into river Waal to the southwest and river Nederrijn (Nether Rhine) to the northwest.


At the town of Wijk bij Duurstede, the Kromme Rijn stream forks off to the northwest towards the city of Utrecht with the main westbound waterway becoming river Lek. A short distance past Wijk, the river intersects with the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal (Amsterdam-Rhine Canal), which continues south towards the Waal. A branch of this canal, the Lekkanaal ("Lek Canal") is connected to the river at the town of Nieuwegein.


Other major towns on its banks are Culemborg, Vianen, Schoonhoven, Nieuw-Lekkerland and Lekkerkerk. The bed of the river lies slightly higher than the surrounding lands and dikes are therefore essential to containing the Lek. At the village of Kinderdijk the Lek meets the Noord river and the combined stream is thereafter known as the Nieuwe Maas as it flows down towards the North Sea.


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Lek (river) - Search Results - MSN Encarta (115 words)
Lek (river), extension of the Neder Rijn (Lower Rhine) River, flowing westward through the Netherlands and emptying into the North Sea.
The major rivers of The Netherlands are the Rhine, flowing from Germany, and its several arms, such as the Waal and Nederrijn rivers; and the Maas (a...
Vlaardingen, town in the southwestern Netherlands, in Zuid-Holland (South Holland) Province, on the Lek River, near Rotterdam.
Lek River (164 words)
A branch of this canal, the Lek Canal is connected to the river at the town of Nieuwegein.
The bed of the river lies slightly higher than the surrounding lands and dikes are therefore essential to containing the Lek.
At the village of Kinderdijk[?] the Lek meets the Noord river and the combined stream is thereafter known as the Nieuwe Maas as it flows down towards the North Sea.
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