Dune de Pyla, A new “Sahara” desert being born in France, In Pictures
The Great Dune of Pyla, Arcachon Bay, France. Photo source: ©© Larrousiney
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 is considered a foredune, meaning a dune that runs parallel to a shoreline, behind the high tide line of a beach.
The dune moves relentlessly towards the interior of the country and gradually covers buildings and roads…
Dune du Pilat, France. Photo source: ©© Potomo