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River Humber

The estuary is an important home for a vast array of wildlife. Species include Grey Seal, & Lamprey a primitive type of fish. Many other fish such as Flounder move up & down the estuary feeding. It also acts as nurseries for many North Sea fish including Codling.

Over one third of the estuary is exposed as mudflats & sandflats at low tide. Mudflats attract invertebrates such as borrow-dwelling worms & bivalves.These support the many varieties of fish and winter feeding wading birds from Britain & Europe. 



Sunset over the River From Barton

In addition to being home to many species of wildlife it is home to a number of marinas & small boat clubs and is used for a variety of social & recreational purposes.
As the Humber is the "natural route to Europe", it is a very important commercial river. The ports handle over 60 million tonnes of Cargo. The main industries are fresh & frozen food, steel manufacture, chemicals, transport & distribution, agriculture, oil & gas terminals.


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Facts & Figures

Twinned with : Kreis Lippe, Germany.

Drains :
Approximately 20% of England.

Area :
145 square miles in total.

Width :
approximately 4 miles at its entrance opening to 6 miles wide just past Spurn Point. Narrowing to 1.5miles some 30 miles upriver.

Humber Bridge

An Act of parliament was passed in 1959 to build the bridge between Barton-upon-Humber on the South Bank (Lincolnshire) & Hessle on the North Bank (Yorkshire).
In 1969 the decision was made to build the bridge which was started in July 1972 & took until June 1981 to complete. Once completed the the Humber Bridge was the longest single span bridge in the World & remained so for some 17 years.

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Sunset over the Humber Bridge
Facts & Figures

Bridge Official Opening :
17/07/1981
Overall Span: 2220 m
North Span: 280 m
Main Span: 1410 m
South Span: 530 m
Height:
  155.5 m Above Deck
Width: 28.5 m Deck

Materials Used Include: 27500 Tonnes of Steel & 480000 Tonnes of Concrete


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Longest Bridges in the World
Name
Country
Length
Year Opened
Width
Akashi Kaikyo
Japan
1990
1998
30.0
Great Belt
Denmark
1624
1998
23.6
Humber
England
1410
1981
18.2
Jiangyin Jiangsu
China
1385
1999
30.0
Tsing Ma
Hong Kong
1377
1997
30.7
Verrazano Narrows
USA
1298
1964
25.3
Golden Gate
USA
1280
1937
25.0
Hoga Kusten
Denmark
1210
1997
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Mackinac
USA
1158
1957
16.0
Mihami Bison Seto
Japan
1100
1988
22.5



 

 

 

 

 

 

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