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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.

The Rhône 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 Étang de Thau (or Bassin de Thau), the dark blue lake at the bottom left, to the lighter colored Étang 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 Étang de Vaïn to the east and the Étang de Bolmon to the south-east.

Flowing down through the center of the image is the Rhône River, which eventually spills some sediments into the Mediterranean Sea near the Étang de Berre.

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