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The Rh么ne River Spilling into the Mediterranean – October 25th, 2009

43.2N 5.3E

October 25th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

France - September 29th, 2009

France - September 29th, 2009

Many lakes and lagoons are present along the coast of the South of France, from the 脡tang de Thau (or Bassin de Thau), the dark blue lake at the bottom left, to the lighter colored 脡tang de Berre on the right, west of Marseille.

Created by the rise in water levels at the end of the last ice age, this small inland sea is composed of three parts: the principal body of water, the 脡tang de Va茂n to the east and the 脡tang de Bolmon to the south-east.

Flowing down through the center of the image is the Rh么ne River, which eventually spills some sediments into the Mediterranean Sea near the 脡tang de Berre.

Rivers and Lakes in Languedoc-Roussillon, France

May 4th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Languedoc-Roussillon, France - April 23rd, 2009

Languedoc-Roussillon, France - April 23rd, 2009

脡tang de Thau or Bassin de Thau (dark blue, center) is the largest of a string of lakes that stretch along the Languedoc-Roussillon, the French coast from the Rh么ne River to the foothills of the Pyrenees which form the border to Spain. It is the second largest lake in France.

Other lakes and swamps can also be seen along the coast to the northeast and southwest. Several rivers spill sediments into the Mediterranean Sea, most notably the聽 Rh么ne, east of the 脡tang de Thau, and the Orb and the Aude, west of the 脡tang.

The 脡tang de Thau itself is about 21 km long and 8 km wide, with an area of 7,012 hectares. The mean depth of the 茅tang is 4.5m, but in the central navigation channel it can be 10 metres deep.

Until relatively recently the 茅tangs from Marseillan to the Rh么ne were a continuous stretch of inland waterway. Linked, now, by the Canal du Rh么ne 脿 S猫te to the river Rh么ne and by the Canal du Midi to Bordeaux via Toulouse, the 茅tang also has access to the Mediterranean at S猫te.

To the east, between Balaruc and S猫te, the borders of the lagoon are largely industrial. The south bank is formed by the coastal strip from S猫te to Cap d’Agde. The northern side has villages dedicated to fishing and the production of shellfish.