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THE BAY

The Somme Bay twinned with Rye Bay(in England)is known worldwide for its ecological wealth. Its northern section has been listed as a nature reserve. It is a member of the club : "the most beautiful Bays in the World".
The Somme river, empties into the English channel forming a wide indentation in the coast line measuring 72 km. This estuary which we propose to visit extends from Pointe du Hourdel to Saint Quentin in the North.

There is a large fluctuation in the sea level due to the amplitude of the tides. At low tide, the sea can go out as far as 14 km from Saint Valery sur Somme.
The way in which animals, plants and humans live in the bay area is greatly influenced by the tides.

There are three distinct zones :
- the lower part of the estuary from which the water recedes only during the spring tides
- the middle area called 'le slikke"(area covered and uncovered by the sea twice daily regardless of the season) is composed of mud floats which provide feeding ground for wading birds and several species of ducks
- the area just beyond the bay, "le schorre" known locally as "mollieres" is covered in vegetation,. The salt meadow sheep can graze there peacefully, as these meadows are only flooded during the spring tides.

what produced this colors bluish it is the reduction of the over-exposure which I decreased at the time or I took this photograph (but blue was there even naturally because it was the end of day, that made only reinforce)

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