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City of Bordeaux on the Banks of the Garonne, France

45.3N 0.8W

October 18th, 2011 Category: Rivers

France- October 12th, 2011

The city of Bordeaux can be viewed at the bottom of this wide-swath ASAR image of France. It is a port city on the Garonne River in southwest part of the country, appearing here as a bright white area. It is the capital of the Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department.

Bordeaux is located close to the European Atlantic coast, in the southwest of France and in the north of the Aquitaine region. It is around 500 km (310 mi) southwest of Paris. The city is built on a bend of the river Garonne, and is divided into two parts: the right bank to the east and left bank in the west. Historically, the left bank is more developed. In Bordeaux, the Garonne River is accessible to ocean liners. The left bank of the Garonne is a low-lying, often marshy plain.

Arcachon Bay and Nearby Lakes, France

44.6N 1.1W

March 17th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

France - February 19th, 2010

France - February 19th, 2010

Arcachon Bay (top) in French the Bassin d’Arcachon, is a bay of the Atlantic Ocean on the southwest sea shore of France, situated as a landmark between the Côte d’Argent and the Côte des Landes, in the region of Aquitaine. The bay covers an area of 150 km² at high tide and 40 km² at low tide. Some of its geological features are natural preservation areas.

The general shape of the Bassin d’Arcachon is that of an equilateral triangle pointing north, the southwest corner of which is opened and the access from the sea, between Cape Ferret and the town of Arcachon (more specifically, its suburb Pyla-sur-Mer), through a 3 km narrow channel (Les Passes). On the north shore is the town of Arès, then Andernos-les-Bains on the northeast. Just south of the entrance is The Great Dune of Pyla.

It is perhaps due to the Eyre River that runs water from the Landes forest and has its mouth (Delta de l’Eyre) in its southeast corner, that the Bassin still has a link to the sea, which would otherwise be obstructed by the sandbanks brought about by the tides.

A similar process of changing from a bay to a lake occurred long ago to other nearby bodies of water along the coastline, which nowadays are filled with fresh water. Two such bays-turned-lakes are the Étang de Cazaux et de Sanguinet (south of the bay) and the Lac de Biscarrosse et de Parentis (south of the former).

Étang de Cazaux et de Sanguinet is a lake in Gironde, Landes, France. It is situated at an elevation of 12 m and has a surface area of 55 km². Lac de Biscarrosse et de Parentis is a lake in Landes, France. At an elevation of 19 m, its surface area is 35.4 km².

The Basque Country, France and Spain

43.0N 1.1W

June 13th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Border of France and Spain - May 30th, 2009

Border of France and Spain - May 30th, 2009

The Basque Country as a cultural region is a European region in the western Pyrenees that spans the border between France and Spain, on the Atlantic coast. It comprises the autonomous communities of the Basque Country and Navarre in Spain and the Northern Basque Country in France, now part of the Aquitaine region.

The Basque Country lies between the rivers Aturri to the north and the Ebro to the south. It can also be divided into two great watersheds: the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The mountain chains of the Pyrenees, Aralar, Aizkorri and Gorbeia form a dividing line between the two.

The climatic variation, in turn, gives rise to significant differences in scenery, including mountains, valleys, plains and a coastline along the Atlantic part. The area in this Atlantic area is mountainous, as the Pyrenees extend almost to the sea, or the Bay of Biscay.

Here, some of the Pyrenees peaks are still snow-capped. A few lakes are visible in this mountainous area; however, great lakes, such as those that fill the lateral valleys of the Alps, are absent.

The coastal area along the Bay of Biscay is lush and green, with some sediments spilling into the bay from the Adour River. South of the mountains and southeast of the coast, much of the Spanish terrain appears tan and dry, although agriculture is present along the rivers and streams.

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