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Bottrop(bôt`rôp), city (1994 pop. 119,680), North Rhine–Westphalia, W Germany, in the RuhrRuhr
, region, c.1,300 sq mi (3,370 sq km), W Germany; a principal manufacturing center of Germany and formerly known as one of the world's greatest industrial complexes. In the 1980s the coal and steel industries declined, leading to serious unemployment.
..... Click the link for more information. district. It was a small town until 1863, when it began to develop as a coal-mining center. In 1975 the annexation of Kirchhellen and Gladbeck practically doubled the population of Bottrop. Today the city is an industrial center. In addition to its coal output, manufactures include chemicals, machinery, and steel. There are large carbonization plants there. Bottrop was known around the 11th cent. as Borgthorpe.
a city in the Federal Republic of Germany in the Land of North Rhine–Westphalia. Population, 109,500 (1968). Bottrop is a port on the Emscher River and the Rhine-Herne Canal. It is one of the Ruhr valley’s industrial centers. Its major industries are coal mining, coal-tar chemistry, and machine construction.