Camargue

Rhône river delta

The Camargue a place in France near where the Rhone river flows into the Mediterranean Sea.[1] Before it flows into the sea, the Rhone splits into two smaller rivers, forming a triangle. The Camague is the floodplain in that triangle between the two smaller rivers. This place is the Grande Camargue (Great Camargue). A smaller part just outside the triangle is named the Petite Camague (Little Camargue). The Carmargue is about 150 kilometres (93 mi) long from east to west, and 100 kilometres (62 mi) long from north to south. Part of it is a nature reserve.

The Camargue proper shown in light green, petite Camargue shown in dark green. Both make up the Grande Camargue

The Camargue is important to the animals that live there. Almost 400 types of birds live in the Camargue. There are also black bulls and horses.[1] Many birds stop in the Camargue to rest when they fly south for the winter or north for the summer. People have seen up to 30,000 flamingos there at the same time. For the past twenty years, people have seen common cranes there too. People have seen European pond turtles there. People have brought coypu to live there too. Like with any wetland, there are mosquitoes. In the Camargue, there are 40 different species of mosquito.[2]

EconomyEdit

Few people actually live in the Camargue. Its biggest City is Arles, just north of the triangle. Arles has about 60,000 people, and a long history. The economy in Camargue is based on three things:

  • Agriculture – Growing wine, cereals and rice; Raising livestock - there's a special kind of bovine from the Camargue; there are also feral horses in the Camargue
  • Tourism – like the rest of Provence and the French Mediterranean coast. There are people who come to visit the nature reserve
  • There is little industry and commerce – salt is taken from seawater, and processed. This is mostly done in Salin-de-Giraud, and Aigues-Mortes

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kimberly Lomato (March 28, 2019). "Take a road trip through this wild, beautiful French delta". National Geographic. Retrieved January 2, 2022. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  2. "Une multitude d'espèces" (in French). January 2, 2022.