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Banc D’Arguin National Park, Mauritania

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
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Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 28)

Abstract

The Banc d’Arguin National Park, on the Atlantic coast of Mauritania, is formed of sand dunes, coastal swamps, small islands, and shallow coastal waters. It is one of the most important habitats of the western Atlantic zones and one of most important in the world for nesting birds. The park safeguards marine and coastal environments which are rich and diverse and supports important communities of fish and marine mammals. The contrast between the harsh desert environment and the biodiversity of the site has resulted in a landscape of exceptional contrast and outstanding natural significance. Due to the vast dune fields and the arid weather in the coastal area, it is considered the place where the Sahara meets the ocean.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
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  1. 1.Federal University of Ceará StateFortalezaBrazil

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