Southampton Water is a tidal estuary north of the Solent and the Isle of Wight in England. The city of Southampton lies at its most northerly point. Along its salt marsh-fringed western shores lie the New Forest villages of Hythe and "the waterside", Dibden Bay, and the Esso oil refinery at Fawley. On the slightly steeper eastern shore are the Southampton suburb of Weston, the villages of Netley and Hamble-le-Rice, and the Royal Victoria Country Park.

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  • Southampton Water is a tidal estuary north of the Solent and the Isle of Wight in England. The city of Southampton lies at its most northerly point. Along its salt marsh-fringed western shores lie the New Forest villages of Hythe and "the waterside", Dibden Bay, and the Esso oil refinery at Fawley. On the slightly steeper eastern shore are the Southampton suburb of Weston, the villages of Netley and Hamble-le-Rice, and the Royal Victoria Country Park. Together with the Solent, Southampton Water is world-renowned for yachting. It served as one of the sailing and motorboating venues for the 1908 Summer Olympics. Geographically, Southampton Water is classified as a ria, or drowned valley, of the English Channel. It was formed by the rivers Test, Itchen and Hamble which flow into it, and became an inlet of the sea at the end of the last ice age when sea levels rose, flooding many valleys in the south of England. In particular, it is likely that Southampton Water formed partly due to the submerging of the River Solent which previously flowed through the area, and of which the River Test, River Itchen and River Medina are thought to be tributaries. Southampton's emergence as a major port, and particularly as a port handling very large vessels, depended partly on certain geographical features of Southampton Water. Its depth, even in its undeveloped state, was generous; this depth of water has been increased over the years with comparative ease since the soft silt of the river-bed allows for easy dredging. An additional factor is the phenomenon of the "double tide", which results in unusually prolonged periods of high water. This greatly facilitates the movements of very large ships. Southampton Water is an estuary with major potential for land use conflicts. An area of urban development (the Waterside) runs in the narrow band of land between Southampton Water and the New Forest National Park. Villages such as Marchwood, Hythe, Dibden Purlieu, Holbury and Fawley have all experienced significant growth. (en)
  • Das Southampton Water ist ein rund 15 Kilometer langer, schmaler Meeresarm an der Südküste Englands. Er reicht vom Solent nördlich der Isle of Wight bis zur Stadt Southampton. An dem von Salzwiesen gesäumten westlichen Ufer liegen der New Forest mit den Dörfern Hythe und Fawley. Das östliche Ufer ist leicht steiler; hier liegen Weston (ein Vorort von Southampton), die Dörfer Netley und Hamble-le-Rice sowie der Royal Victoria Country Park. Geographisch gesehen ist das Southampton Water eine Ria des Ärmelkanals, also ein durch Meerwasser überflutetes Flusstal. In diesem vereinigten sich die Flüsse Test, Itchen und Hamble. Gegen Ende der letzten Eiszeit, als der Meeresspiegel anstieg, wurde das Tal überschwemmt. (de)
  • Le Southampton Water est un estuaire situé sur la côte sud de l'Angleterre, face à l'île de Wight, dont il est séparé par le Solent. La ville de Southampton se situe à son extrémité nord. (fr)
  • Southampton Water is een estuarium ten noorden van Wight en de Solent in Engeland. Het gebied gaat over in Het Kanaal. De stad Southampton ligt in het noorden van deze strook. Het gebied is bekend als jachthaven. (nl)
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  • Le Southampton Water est un estuaire situé sur la côte sud de l'Angleterre, face à l'île de Wight, dont il est séparé par le Solent. La ville de Southampton se situe à son extrémité nord. (fr)
  • Southampton Water is een estuarium ten noorden van Wight en de Solent in Engeland. Het gebied gaat over in Het Kanaal. De stad Southampton ligt in het noorden van deze strook. Het gebied is bekend als jachthaven. (nl)
  • Southampton Water is a tidal estuary north of the Solent and the Isle of Wight in England. The city of Southampton lies at its most northerly point. Along its salt marsh-fringed western shores lie the New Forest villages of Hythe and "the waterside", Dibden Bay, and the Esso oil refinery at Fawley. On the slightly steeper eastern shore are the Southampton suburb of Weston, the villages of Netley and Hamble-le-Rice, and the Royal Victoria Country Park. (en)
  • Das Southampton Water ist ein rund 15 Kilometer langer, schmaler Meeresarm an der Südküste Englands. Er reicht vom Solent nördlich der Isle of Wight bis zur Stadt Southampton. An dem von Salzwiesen gesäumten westlichen Ufer liegen der New Forest mit den Dörfern Hythe und Fawley. Das östliche Ufer ist leicht steiler; hier liegen Weston (ein Vorort von Southampton), die Dörfer Netley und Hamble-le-Rice sowie der Royal Victoria Country Park. (de)
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  • Southampton Water (en)
  • Southampton Water (de)
  • Southampton Water (fr)
  • Southampton Water (nl)
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