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Tidal bore of the Dordogne River, France on 27 Sept. 2000

When a river mouth has a flat, converging shape and when the tidal range exceeds 6 to 9 m, the river may experience a tidal bore (Video). A tidal bore is basically a series of waves propagating upstream as the tidal flow turns to rising. Hubert Chanson observed the tidal bore of the Dordogne river (France) on 27 September 2000 [1,2,3]. The bore propagates first in the Gironde before separating and continuing both in the Garonne and in the Dordogne. At St Pardon, the tidal bore of the Dordogne river was an undular bore and the photograph shows the arriving bore with kayaks and surfers riding the bore undulations. This video is associated with a series of photographs published in CHANSON (2004, p. 183) [4], at Earth Science Picture of the Day [5] on 19 Dec. 2001, and in two further websites on tidal bores [6], [7].

Hubert Chanson
Hubert Chanson

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This web site was launched by Prof. Michele Mossa of the Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy) with the initial support of Fondazione Caripuglia, Bari, Italy for the Research Project LIC-MON of 2003 and of the Project IMCA (Integrated Monitoring of Coastal Areas) financed by MIUR PON D.M. 593/00. Later, the initiative was supported with other Prof. Michele Mossa’s funds, most recently provided by the RITMARE Project.

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