Mont St.Michel vanuit Avranches, 1978

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Compare this scanned slide from 1971 with recent others pics from the same point of view (Avranches), and you can state how fast the silting up of the ditches has progressed during last 30 years, due to the construction of water conducting dykes by the local communities in order to gain grass lands for cattle and sheep. The tidal flows, necessary to keep open the St.-Michael bay in its natural state, lose their capacity to grind out the ditches. Mont St. Michel as a sugar beet field?

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Yane&André on November 3, 2012

Is it an aerial photo?

hpjm on November 3, 2012

Hello Yane and André, I took this picture 1971 as a diapositive slide (scanned to put it on G. Earth). I took it on top of the hill of Avranche, in th comminuty park. The estuary is the river Sée, today much narrower as 1971as a result of deposit of sands provoked by "Brise-lames". That kind of operations once shall provoke the end of the Baie du Mt. St.-Michel, I fear. Greetings from Antwerp.be, hpjm

Yane&André on November 3, 2012

So, the right place is the one I propose.

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Photo taken in Jardin des Plantes, Place Carnot, 50300 Avranches, France
Jardin des Plantes

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  • Uploaded on May 6, 2009
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by hpjm
    • Camera: HP Scanjet G4010
    • Taken on 2009/03/31 01:49:46

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