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

Dune de Pyla: People walking up the dune

Dune de Pyla: People walking up the dune

Photo credit: histoire-d1reve


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.
[30 pictures]

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Dune de Pyla: From the Air

Dune de Pyla from the air

Photo credit: Larrousiney/wikicommons

Dune de Pyla: People walking up the dune

People walking up the Dune de Pyla

Photo credit: Christian Bachellier

Map of France with location of the Dune de Pyla

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

Photo credit: wikicommons

Dune de Pyla: From the air looking south

Dune de Pyla: From the air looking south

Photo credit: unknown

Arcachon and Dune de Pyla from satellite

Arcachon and Dune de Pyla from satellite

Photo credit: Cnes – spot image/wikicommons


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

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

Photo credit: m.prinke

Dune de Pyla: The front of the dune

Dune de Pyla: The front of the dune

Photo credit: Rufino Lasaosa

Dune de Pyla: A sandbar in front of the dune

Dune de Pyla: A sandbar in front of the dune

Photo credit: Dave H

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

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

Photo credit: unknown

Dune de Pyla: People walking up the dune

People walking up the dune

Photo credit: om_man8

Dune de Pyla: View from top towards north-west

Dune de Pyla: View from top towards north-west

Photo credit: Mcx83

Dune de Pyla: View from top towards north-west

Dune de Pyla: View from top towards north-west

Photo credit: Mcx83

Dune de Pyla: View from top towards north

Dune de Pyla: View from top towards north

Photo credit: Hagen De Merak/Wikicommons

Dune de Pyla: View from top towards east

Dune de Pyla: View from top towards east

Photo credit: Hagen De Merak/wikicommons

Dune de Pyla: View from top towards south-east

Dune de Pyla: View from top towards south-east

Photo credit: Rufino Lasaosa

Half-way climbing up the Dune de Pyla

Half-way climbing up the Dune de Pyla

Photo credit: Christian Bachellier

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

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

Photo credit: Christian Bachellier

Dune de Pyla: View from top towards south

Dune de Pyla: View from top towards south

Photo credit: Rufino Lasaosa

Walking the stairs to the top of Dune de Pyla

Walking the stairs to the top of Dune de Pyla

Photo credit: Christian Bachellier

The Dune de Pyla is huge

The Dune de Pyla is huge

Photo credit: Dave H

Love tracks on the Dune de Pyla

Love tracks on the Dune de Pyla

Photo credit: Christian Bachellier

Walking on top of the the Dune de Pyla

Walking on top of the the Dune de Pyla

Photo credit: JM Planchon/wikicommons

People walking up and down the Dune de Pyla

People walking up and down the Dune de Pyla

Photo credit: om_man8

Boy flipping down the Dune de Pyla

Boy flipping down the Dune de Pyla

Photo credit: Christian Bachellier

Boy jumping down the Dune de Pyla

Boy jumping down the Dune de Pyla

Photo credit: Christian Bachellier

Flying a kite on the Dune de Pyla

Flying a kite on the Dune de Pyla

Photo credit: Christian Bachellier

Paragliding off the Dune de Pyla

Paragliding off the Dune de Pyla

Photo credit: Christian Bachellier

Aerial view from the south of the Dune de Pyla

Aerial view from the south of the Dune de Pyla

Photo credit: wikicommons

Sunset over the Dune de Pyla

Sunset over the Dune de Pyla

Photo credit: H de C




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