Monday, August 13, 2012

The moving dune in the Gulf of Arkahon

The great dune Pyla is located 60 kilometers from Bordeaux in the Gulf of Arkahon, France. It is the highest sand dune in Europe. Dimensions of the dunes is really impressive - its length is 3 km, width - 500 m, height - 107 meters. Due to the rather unusual location and the incredible beauty of this place is visited annually by more than one million visitors
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Dune each year more and more deeply moved inland, slowly displacing located near the forest. Air movement is not constant, sometimes it can go 10 meters a year, sometimes less than a meter. During the past 57 years has moved deep into the dune to 280 feet, with an average of 5 meters per year
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During his travel Saw swallowed about twenty private lands. Each year, disappears around 8000 square meters in the nearby pine forest. In the north-eastern part of the dunes was once a road blocked by a 1987 landslide because of the sand. Four years later, it disappeared completely. During the past decades, the sand has covered dozens of homes, villas and other private property
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This whole process depends on the sea-wind, inflatable beach sand here, because the slope of the sea is smooth, but on the side of the forest is quite sharp. Specifically, to facilitate lifting the top, was built staircase. But if you're a sports person, it is not difficult to climb the dune and sand. Upstairs you will find a breathtaking view - of the sea, pine forests and even the Pyrenees mountain range in good weather
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Dune Saw - a popular place for paraglider. Every day there are competing at least a few fans of this sport
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Read also about other sand dunes - such as the sand of Tottori in Japan, or Charsky sands in Siberia
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You may also be interested in the story of this amazing place, like the sands of Lencois Maranensis - National Park in Brazil
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