Thursday, December 19, 2013

Calanche de Piana, Gulf of Porto, Corse - FRANCE - UNESCO #258

This is my first card from Corse - one of the Mediterranean islands I have in my "to visit" list for several decades now. It shows one of the typical Mediterranean rock formations known as calanque and this one, on the Scandola Nature Reserve is a World Heritage Site. Thank you so much Kerstin, I hope you had a lot of fun in Corse and a safe return to Germany. I loved the fact that you've chosen a postcard showing the limestone with a heart-shaped erosion mark that rises my collection to 248 sites, only 733 to finish. This postcard took 5 days to arrive!

UNESCO #258 - Le Coeur, Corse - FRANCE
 
The nature reserve, which is part of the Regional Natural Park of Corsica, occupies the Scandola peninsula, an impressive, porphyritic rock mass. The vegetation is an outstanding example of scrubland. Seagulls, cormorants and sea eagles can be found there. The clear waters, with their islets and inaccessible caves, host a rich marine life. The Calanque is a steep-walled inlet, developed in limestone, dolomite, or other carbonate strata and found along the Mediterranean coast. A calanque is a steep-sided valley formed within karstic regions either by fluvial erosion or the collapse of the roof of a cave that has been subsequently partially submerged by a rise in sea level.


 

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