By Ryan and Kolby
Rivers and Water
In Germany, there are many rivers, scattered around the country. Just over 2% of Germany is covered in bodies of water. The second longest river in Europe, the Danube, runs through Germany. There are some lakes, but a majority of the water covering Germany is from the rivers. The water level in Germany isn’t decreasing too much, and there is a lot of water conservation, like the fact that there are over 300 dams holding water. There are 11 main rivers in Germany with MANY other small rivers. And this all leads up to Germany being a fairly water-filled country.
There is a lot of farming in Germany, with plenty of space and lots of fertile soil. generally, Germany has moderate soil, but there is extremely high quality soil in some areas because from the neighbouring Swiss alps, a fine material called loess blows off the ice and creates black to dark brown soil. There is some unusable land though because there are some areas, mainly near the ocean, that are covered in sand, rock and small marshy areas. However, they grow many different crops, from potatoes to fruits, from tobacco to wheat. Germany has a broad range of different types of crops, and animals. Germany’s agricultural products provides too much food for people who live there, which meant more imports and exports. Western Germany though provides around ⅘ of the food requirement. Most of the fine soil and farming done is done in Central Germany because it is flatter than some areas with, for example, mountainous or hill-like land.