This is the unimposing origin of Ruhr river which gave its name to the Ruhr, in German Ruhrgebiet, an urban area in the state Nordrhein-Westfalen. With 4435 km² and a population of some 7.3 million (2008), it is the largest urban agglomeration in Germany.
The Ruhr Area first developed as an urban region during the Industrial Revolution. Before industrialisation began in the early 19th century, the region was mostly agrarian and indistinguishable from surrounding parts of Westphalia and the Rhineland. Its loess soil made it one of the richer parts of western Germany.
The Hellweg, an important trade route, crossed the future Ruhr Area from east to west. Trade along the Hellweg spurred the growth of the medieval cities of Duisburg and Dortmund. Both were members of the Hanseatic League, and Dortmund was a free imperial city. Idustrialization began in the region with the establishment of several iron works in the late 18th century within the borders of the present-day city of Oberhausen. During the same period, locks built at Mülheim on the Ruhr allowed the expansion of coal mining further up the river and led to the expansion of Mülheim as a port. Development of the Ruhr Area’s coal deposits fueled further expansion of its iron and steel industry.
By 1850, almost 300 coal mines were in operation in the region. The coal was processed in coking ovens into coke, which was needed to fuel the region’s blast furnaces, which produced iron and steel. Employers recruited workers to the Ruhr Area’s mines and steel mills as industry expanded. The population climbed rapidly. The old cities along the Hellweg experienced rapid growth. Former villages developed into cities. Skilled workers in the mines were often housed in so-called miners’ colonies, many built by the mining firms. The Ruhr coal-mining district grew into the largest industrial region of Europe.
Before the coal deposits along the Ruhr were used up, new mines were sunk farther north.
As demand for coal slowly decreased after 1958, the area went through phases of structural crisis and industrial diversification, first developing traditional heavy industry, then moving into service industries and high technology. Still today the Ruhr is the biggest industrial region of Europe.
In 2010 Istanbul (Turkey), Pécs (Hungary) and Essen, the centre of the Ruhr, are European Capitals of Culture.
Ruhr river, having its source in an altitude of 674 metres in the low mountain range Rothaargebirge (please see map view), has a length of 221 kilometres and it meets Rhine river in an altitude of 17 m in Duisburg with the world's biggest inland harbour. The source has a productivity of 2500 litres per hour as an annual average.
Today a very popular trail for bikers follows the river in its entire course.
In workshop you can see two other views.
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wolf38 (31296) 2010-04-13 23:03
Hallo Frank. Was für ein interessantes und lehrreiches Photo. Es ist eine Exkursion über die meist unscheinbaren Quellen der Flüsse. Eine wirklich gute Idee. Auch die Komposition gefällt mir sehr gut, weil sie nur das wirklich wichtige beinhaltet. Gut gemacht. Kompliment. Gruß, wolfgang.
bema (26425) 2010-04-13 23:55
ziemlich unspektakulär (nur in Bezug auf den Austritt), aber sehr interessant dieser Beitrag..
Da ist ja die Quelle unseres Dorfbaches anschaulicher..
schönen Tag Frank
jasmis (58491) 2010-04-13 23:57
This is seemingly unimpressive view, but set of photos is really interesting. It is difficult to show such place. You managed it it very well in almost symbolic way.
Regards my dear friend.
mesutilgim (97504) 2010-04-14 0:41
Dies ist ein tolles Beitrag ! SO faengt's also an. Nie waere ich auf die Idee gekommen dass dieses Waesserlein die Urquelle des Ruhr's ist.
Wieder ein gelungenes Beitrag sowohl photographisch wie auch informativ.
Dabei fallen mir auch jene schmutzigen Witze ueber Ruhr und Rhein an !
Na ja Du weisst sie doch bestimmt.
Danke schoen und
snunney (106565) 2010-04-14 1:02
Such a small source for such a big river ;-) Not an easy composition to put together but it works quite well I think and is well complemented by the interesting note. Greetings from a bright and coolish Charente-Maritime.
bracasha75 (24591) 2010-04-14 12:46
Bist du entlich zu hause?
Ich mag dieses foto und viel mehr das erklarung uber Ruhr gebiet.
Ich hofe du hatest schones zeit in kurort.
Ich werde dich morgen abend anrufen
Bis dan alles gutes
Vasa (515) 2010-04-14 16:31
Grand merci Frank de votre longue note et de ce choix que je suivais avec enthousiasme. Il est grand temps d'aller a la source du Danube...n'est-ce pas mon ami!
saxo042 (37966) 2010-04-14 23:10
There is a start of everything and it is really very interesting to see the start of this famous river with this reputation. You may have the impression that this is a very ugly and polluted river, but what we have seen along Essen, this is really a very beautiful and attractive river. A bonus fot the good note!
vladic (4563) 2010-04-16 0:18
J’apprécie un cadrage et ces petits restes de couleurs automnales... La qualité de l’image est très agréable surtout au niveau du plan d’eau pour la netteté.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
jlynx (12647) 2010-04-22 2:35
Good morning Frank,
It's incredible how the source of the rivers tend to be modest - even the biggest ones. In this inconspicuous spot takes its beginning not only the river bed, but also the history of the lands through which flows the river Ruhr. To this day the river are the richness of living in the region and its people. Water continues to prove that is the cradle of life. Place a beautiful and symbolic. You can see it is often visited. Nice piece of history of the regions shown, very well complemented by a comprehensive description.
Greetings from Poznan
ellelloo (6572) 2010-04-22 10:25
Although this is a simple photo, it has a certain attraction anyway, with it well collected details. However, what makes this again another excellent TE contribution of yours is all the additional information, the note, which tells so well the importance of this river and the history of the area around it. The WS photos are also interesting and it is actually surprising that two important long distance hiking trails, Rothaarsteig and Ruhrtal Radweg are reached from this very point. Thanks a lot for sharing!
Greetings from again rainy Espoo,
papagolf21 (109356) 2010-05-29 13:35
Bonsoir, mon cher ami Frank,
Entre l'histoire et la légende, je choisirai toujours la légende.
La légende fait rêver ! qu'il est agréable de suivre ce petit cours d'eau vaguer où bon lui semble.
Joli symbole !
nels (2623) 2010-09-25 11:58
hello frank, even the great rivers start out small, by its self quite aa picture nobody would have thought about taking, but with your notes it is transformed into a very meaning full shot
adrian from a wind swept whitby(force 9 gales)
josepmarin (58359) 2011-02-20 12:59
your note explains with clarity what we see in this composition, in which the stone and the small flow of water indicates us that here a great river is born, protagonist of the Industrial Revolution, a milestone in Europa's history, with consequences in the whole world.
The image is very sharp, and has a great wealth of natural elements.
A good work, my friend.
Regards from the soft one (13ºC) Barcelona.
- Copyright: Frank Kaiser (Buin) (42506)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-04-10
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 400 D, 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 II
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2010-04-13 22:51