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Forests and beaches – updated

In France, Médoc on August 3, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Picture taken on Tuesday. Wifi where I am staying is still not very good, so I don’t know quite how the update will show. This first picture was taken on Tuesday a few km south of Soulac-sur-Mer. It shows the typical pine forest with a firebreak.

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PINE FOREST SOUTH OF SOULAC-SUR-MER

The remainder of the pictures show more of the forest, then some of the beach area between Soulac and Montalivet. It was a fairly nice day on Tuesday, temperature 25ºC. The wind was  fairly strong, plenty of surfers, bodyboarders etc were taking advantage.

All along that section of coast, among the sand dunes, is a layer of charcoal several cm thick. Some thousands of years ago there was, I have read, a huge fire that devoured the forest and reduced it to carbon. The charcoal is gradually being exposed by the movement of the sand. To me, it looks good enough to put on the barbecue grill.

The charcoal forms a fairly impervious layer within the sand. Water percolates down and then comes out as little waterfalls where the dunes are being eroded. The water has a fairly oily sheen to it, so perhaps in a few million years this will be oil. There are also fairly large desposits of a thick, sticky, blue green clay to be seen. I didn’t spot so much as I have in previous visits.

Click on the embed icon below. I have had problems sorting and captioning these pictures because of the poor wifi and internet here in darkest France, so apologies if anything doesn’t look quite right.

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