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Göta älv

(yö'tä ĕlv`), river, 56 mi (90 km) long, SW Sweden, draining Vänern lake into the Kattegat. It is part of the Göta Canal, a 240-mi (386-km) system of rivers, lakes, and canals, which crosses S Sweden from Göteborg to Arkosund on the Baltic Sea and to Stockholm by way of the sea. The canals, which account for one half of the waterway's length, were opened in 1832 and ascend and descend c.300 ft (90 m) by means of 58 locks. The section that passes around the rapids at Trollhättan was modernized in 1916 to accommodate small oceangoing vessels.

Göta Älv


(Göta River), a river in southwestern Sweden. Length, 95 km; basin area, 50,000 sq km. Flows out of Vanern and into the Kattegat near Göteborg. The valley is confined to an ancient fault. The annual average discharge is 575 m3/sec, and the flow is evenly distributed. Waterfalls in the upper reaches of the river include the Trollhättan cascades (height 33 m) and other waterfalls at Lilla Edet (6.5 m) and Vargön (4.5 m). There are hydroelectric power plants, the largest of which is at Trollhättan. With the construction of the bypass canal at the Trollhättan falls, the Göta älv was made navigable over its entire length. The river forms a segment of the Göta Canal navigation route.


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In 1999, we studied the specificity of the sex ratio deviations by sampling fish from a reference site in Skagerrak (same as in 1998), an oil refinery, a petrochemical industry, and two sites in the Gota River Estuary, all on the Swedish west coast.
At the mouth of the Gota River the Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in all of the Nordic countries.
The exhibition will be held in Eriksbergshallen, exhibition hall in a former shipyard area, on the northern banks of Gota River in central Gothenburg.
The Partihall interchange will link E20 and Highway 45 south of the Gota River and improve accessibility for goods traffic to the Partihall area in eastern Gothenburg.
Gullbergsvass 1:5 and 1:6 are located at Lilla Bommen in Goteborg along the Gota River.