Dune de Pyla – A new “Sahara” desert being born – in France! [30 pics]

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Dune de Pyla: People walking up the dune

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 Dune de Pyla   A new Sahara desert being born   in France! [30 pics]


Introduction

I never knew about this, but to me it looks like Europe has started turning into a new sahara desert. The Great Dune of Pyla is the tallest sand dune in Europe. It is located in the Arcachon Bay area, France, 37 miles (60 km) from Bordeaux.
The dune has a volume of about 60,000,000 m³, measuring around 1,640 ft (500 m) wide from east to west and 1,9 miles (3 km) in length from north to south. Its height is 350 feet (107 metres) above sea level. The dune moves relentlessly towards the interior of the country and gradually covers buildings and roads.
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Dune de Pyla from the air

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People walking up the Dune de Pyla

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The Dune de Pyla is located on the south-west French Atlantic coast on the commune of Arcachon

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Dune de Pyla: From the air looking south

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Arcachon and Dune de Pyla from satellite

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Dune de Pyla: People at gathering at the top of the dune

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Dune de Pyla: The front of the dune

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Dune de Pyla: A sandbar in front of the dune

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Dune de Pyla: The dune and she sand bar seen from a plane

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People walking up the dune

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Dune de Pyla: View from top towards north-west

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Dune de Pyla: View from top towards north-west

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Dune de Pyla: View from top towards north

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Dune de Pyla: View from top towards east

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Dune de Pyla: View from top towards south-east

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Half-way climbing up the Dune de Pyla

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Climbing up to the top of the Dune de Pyla is hard work

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Dune de Pyla: View from top towards south

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Walking the stairs to the top of Dune de Pyla

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The Dune de Pyla is huge

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Love tracks on the Dune de Pyla

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Walking on top of the the Dune de Pyla

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People walking up and down the Dune de Pyla

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Boy flipping down the Dune de Pyla

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Boy jumping down the Dune de Pyla

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Flying a kite on the Dune de Pyla

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Paragliding off the Dune de Pyla

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Aerial view from the south of the Dune de Pyla

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Sunset over the Dune de Pyla

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