Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

GCSE

Revision

Gallery

Fieldwork

Links

Home

SLN

GA

BBC News

Geograph

Langham

Jigsaws

Tutorials

The Geography Department

 

Brittany 2003

The beach at Anse de Dinan

 

 

 

Anse de Dinan beach

The gite

Le Cloitre Pleyben - small village

Pleyben - large village

Châteaulin town

Pointe du Raz - beach and headland

Locronan - tourism village honeypot

Mont St Michel - tourism mega-honeypot

Wind and nuclear power

Rance tidal  power station

Brittany summary page

Photos taken on 17 August 2003

This beach, in the bay called Anse de Dinan, near the settlement of Kerloch, has been affected by the oil spill of the tanker 'Prestige'. A number of tankers have foundered off the Brittany coast in recent years, and the effects are visible, especially near the high tide line, where marine action is limited.

 

800-08180010.JPG  256KB

 

This deposit is on rocks at Beg Meil. across the bay from Concarneau on the south coast of Brittany.

 

903-08170007.JPG  232KB

 

 

 

At low water, even the headlands are accessible from the land, and reveal their features of erosion well. Here a headland shows both cave and stack features.

 

800-08170012.JPG

Contorted vertical-dipping strata will greatly influence landforms on a coast.

 

600-08170011.JPG

Caves are being eroded by marine action, working along the lines of the steep-angled strata.

 

800-08170014.JPG

 

In this cave, which has its own beach of cobbles and pebbles (which do the eroding when hurled at the bedrock) an arch is already in place.

 

Abrasion and attrition.

 

600-08170009.JPG

     

 

To the south of the headland is a bay, backed by sand dunes.

 

800-08170018.JPG

 

 

 

The beach is being colonised, temporarily.

 

600-08170017.JPG

Rock crevices share the ecological niches of headlands and dunes.

 

600-08170016.JPG

Dunes here have grown to a considerable height of some 20 metres or more, and the area is large enough for a robust ecosystem to establish itself.

 

600-08170019.JPG

Gallery

Home