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Marseille and the Berre Lagoon, France

43.2N 5.3E

May 28th, 2010 Category: Lakes

France - April 14th, 2010

France - April 14th, 2010

The city of Marseille, visible towards the center of the shoreline of southern France, lies in a sheltered depression surrounded by hills, which have inhibited the development of suburbs.

The Old Port is a natural harbour and one of the most westerly of the inlets along the rocky coastline characteristic of the northeastern Mediterranean; farther west, beyond a large tidal lake called the Berre Lagoon (Étang de Berre), the shoreline flattens out.

There the sandy dunes of the Gulf of Fos and the Camargue region in the Rhône’s delta were less attractive to early mariners and were only later seen as offering possibilities for development.

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