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Published on Mar 24, 2011
This video shows a part of the River Rhine in Germany, between Bonn and Rüdesheim. The Rhine River flows as the Middle Rhine (Mittelrhein) through the Rhine Gorge, a formation created by erosion, which happened at about the same rate as uplift in the region, leaving the river at about its original level, and the surrounding lands raised. This gorge is quite deep, about 130 meters from the top of the rocks down to the average water line. The 65km-stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley, with its castles, historic towns and vineyards, illustrates the long history of human involvement with a varied natural landscape. The Rhine Gorge was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in June 2002 for a unique combination of geological, historical, cultural and industrial reasons