water words: thalweg
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In water words we explore the etymology of words we commonly use in the world of water.
Thalweg (n.) the deepest part of a stream channel.
The thalweg is nearly always the area of a stream with the fastest flow, making it an important location for measurements (flow, temperature, etc.)
Thalweg is a combination of the German words thal (valley) + weg (way) which translates as the "valley way".
Next time you're looking at a stream, see if you can spot the thalweg, it can be right in the middle or against the bank!
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