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Clutha River Whirlpools and Pressure Waves

Clutha River Rounding Another Sharp Bend

Menacing whirlpools, pressure waves and velocity of the Clutha River fascinates, as it rounds another sharp bend south of town. A sobering sight for folk travelling along its banks, being reinforced with some rock work and tree roots. A mean flow of 500 cubic meters per second, rising to 5100 /s  during a major flood, makes the Clutha River, in relation to its size, one of the fastest flowing rivers in the southern hemisphere.

History would reveal several steam powered river boats busily ferrying and carrying along the sixty or so navigable  kilometers up and down our river linking together and sustaining the lives and needs of local communities...

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