Reference Work Entry

Beaches and Coastal Geology

Part of the series Encyclopedia of Earth Science pp 33-33


  • VincenÇ M. RossellÓ

Albufera, a Spanish word—from the Arabic albuháira—refers to a shallow, brackish, or salty lagoon lying along the coastline and separated from the open sea by restingas or bars with one or more inlets. This phenomenon is found repeatedly in the Mediterranean, for example, Albuferas de Valencia, Mallorca, and Mar Menor de Murcia (Larras, 1964; Rosselló, 1976).

Further reading

Prosper J., Hafner H., 1996. Breeding aspects of the colonial Ardeidae in the Albufera de Valencia, Spain: Population changes, phenology, and reproductive success of the three most abundant species. Colon Waterbird 19: 98–107 Sp. Iss. 1.

Lopez P., Vidal M., Lluch X., et al., 1995. Sediment metabolism in a transitional continental marine area – The albufera–fo–majorca (balearic–islands, Spain). Mar FreshWater Res 46 (1): 45–53.

Fornos J.J., Forteza V., MartinezTaberner A., 1997. Modern polychaete reefs in Western Mediterranean lagoons: Ficopomatus enigmaticus (Fauvel) in the A ...

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