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Green Waters of the Bay of Arguin, Mauritania

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November 4th, 2011 Category: Phytoplankton

Mauritania - November 4th, 2011

The Bay of Arguin, or Banc d’Arguin, is a bay on the Atlantic shore of Mauritania. It is south of Cap Blanc, north of Cap Timiris, and contains the islands of Arguin and Tidra. The bay contains the 12,000 km² Banc d’Arguin National Park.

The Banc d’Arguin National Park lies in Western Africa on the west coast of Mauritania between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. The World Heritage Site is a major breeding site for migratory birds. The surrounding waters, here appearing green from algal growth, are some of the richest fishing waters in western Africa and serve as nesting grounds for the entire western region.

 

Mauritania’s Coastal Zone and Ras Nouadhibou Peninsula

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November 12th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Mauritania - October 4th, 2009

Mauritania - October 4th, 2009

The Coastal Zone, or Sub-Canarian Zone, extends the length of Mauritania’s approximately 754-kilometer-long Atlantic shoreline. Prevailing oceanic trade winds from the Canary Islands modify the influence of the harmattan, producing a humid but temperate climate.

Rainfall here is minimal; in Nouadhibou it averages less than three centimeters annually and occurs between July and September. Battering surf and shifting sand banks characterize the entire length of the shoreline. Here, some dust can be seen blowing southwest off the coast.

One interesting feature of the coastline, visible near the center, is the Ras Nouadhibou (formerly Cap Blanc) peninsula. It forms Dakhlet Nouadhibou (formerly Lévrier Bay) to the east, and is fifty kilometers long and up to thirteen kilometers wide.

The peninsula is administratively divided between Western Sahara (north) and Mauritania (south), with the Mauritanian port and railhead of Nouadhibou located on the eastern shore. Dakhlet Nouadhibou, one of the largest natural harbors on the west coast of Africa, is fortythree kilometers long and thirty-two kilometers wide at its broadest point.

Phytoplankton in Gulf of Arguin, Mauritania

January 25th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Gulf of Arguin, Mauritania - November 29th, 2008

Gulf of Arguin, Mauritania - November 29th, 2008

The Banc d’Arguin National Park (French: Parc National du Banc d’Arguin) lies on the west coast of Mauritania between Nouakchott (South) and Nouadhibou (North, on the peninsula).

This World Heritage Site is a major breeding site for migratory birds. A wide range of species include flamingos, broad-billed sandpipers, pelicans and terns. Much of the breeding is on sand banks including the islands of Tidra, Niroumi, Nair, Kijji and Arguim.

The park lies on the boundary between the Afrotropical and Palaearctic biogeographic realms on a coast of nutrient-rich offshore waters teeming with phytoplankton, visible here as a bright green offshore bloom.

The surrounding waters are some of the richest fishing waters in western Africa and serve as nesting grounds for the entire western region.

The park’s vast expanses of mudflats provide a home for over two million migrant shorebirds from northern Europe, Siberia and Greenland.

The region’s mild climate and absence of human disturbance makes the park one of the most important sites in the world for these species.

source Wikipedia