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Clyde

scotland commercial lanark river

Clyde, most important river of Scotland and one of Britain's major commercial waterways. It rises on the Lanarkshire-Dumfriesshire border in southwest Scotland and flows some 106 mi (171 km) to its estuary, the Firth of Clyde. Its upper valley, Clydesdale, is noted for its fruit and market garden crops. Near Lanark, at the Falls of Clyde, the river is harnessed for hydro-electricity. From Lanark on, its valley is occupied by heavy industry. At the head of navigation is the city-seaport of Glasgow, Scotland's chief commercial center. To the west, on the northern bank, is Clydebank, with large engineering interests and shipyards.

See also: Scotland.

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