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Thousands Gather Along English Channel To Witness ‘Tide Of The Century’

 

 

 

 

 

” Thousands of people gathered on beaches in northern France and south west England on Saturday to watch what is being called “the high tide of the century”.

  The exceptionally high spring tide, swollen by a “supermoon” effect linked to the solar eclipse on Friday, sent huge surge waves crashing onto beaches and along estuaries on both sides of the English Channel, to the delight of surfers and tourists.

  The most dramatic effects of the day’s supertide were witnessed at the picturesque island of Mont Saint-Michel, off the coast of Normandy, where a wall of water as high as a four-story building momentarily cut it off from the mainland.

  For a few minutes, Mont Saint-Michel was completely encircled by the sea by a ‘supertide’ caused by the Moon’s extra-strong gravitational pull on the sea. The phenomenon is linked to the alignment of the Moon, Sun and Earth following Friday’s solar eclipse.

  Spotlights illuminated the island’s medieval walled town and gothic abbey during the high tide, with visitors jostling to take photos of the phenomenon.

  As the surge began to make its way along the coast and tidal estuaries, surfers took to the water in the north west town of Pontaubault and waves crashed onto seawalls along the coast, drenching onlookers.”

 

The Telegraph has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 Of The World’s Most Beautiful Heritage Sites

 

 

 Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites

 

” Sculpted by erosion, Göreme valley and its surroundings contain rock-hewn sanctuaries that provide unique evidence of Byzantine art in the post-Iconoclastic period. Within the rugged natural landscape in and around a small triangle formed by Ürgüp, Avanos and Nevsehir, ancient villages and underground towns dating to the 4th century can also be observed.” 

 

 

This spectacular semicircular waterfall that forms the border of Argentina and Brazil spans almost 300 meters in diameter and up to 80 meters in height. Home to an abundant array of wildlife from neon

 

 

” This spectacular semicircular waterfall that forms the border of Argentina and Brazil spans almost 300 meters in diameter and up to 80 meters in height. Home to an abundant array of wildlife from neon-winged butterflies to sly caiman, elusive jaguars and more curious coatis, the falls’ subtropical rainforest surroundings provide a serene backdrop to its cascading torrents of water.”

 

 

 

 

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