Bay of Biscay

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Biscay, Bay of

(bĭs`kā), arm of the Atlantic Ocean, indenting the coast of W Europe from Ushant island (Île d'Ouessant) off Brittany, NW France, to Cape Ortegal, NW Spain. The bay is noted for its sudden, severe storms and its strong currents. The rocky northeastern and southern coasts of Biscay are irregular with many good harbors; numerous offshore islands are there. The southeastern shore is straight and sandy. The chief ports are Brest, Saint-Nazaire, La Rochelle, and Bayonne in France and San Sebastián, Bilbao, and Santander in Spain. Nantes and Bordeaux, at the head of the Loire and Garonne estuaries, respectively, in France, are also reached by oceangoing ships. There are several resorts along the French coast, notably Biarritz. The bay has important fishing and oyster grounds.
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The really harrowing bit was the Bay of Biscay when I had to ride out a force 9 gale," said Tom.
The huge volumes of water released from the lake created a mega-flood which flowed from the North Sea into the Bay of Biscay, gouging a channel deep enough to form a permanent natural barrier separating Britain from Europe when sea levels rose between ice ages, according to Professor Gibbard.
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The glass-fronted bars - glorious goldfish bowls of sophistication in the sunshine - are lashed like the portholes on a Bay of Biscay ferry, its passengers gloomily contemplating the prospect of an hour waiting for the stewards to announce the inevitable.
Ergo Films' crew members, who have just returned from their epic adventure, were forced into a race against time as their boat filled with water off the Bay of Biscay.
It will have arrived from La Coruna, in Spain, having spent 10 days travelling across the Bay of Biscay, and crew members will be on hand to give guided tours.
Cunliffe illumines this dimly lit epoch when he suggests that these hitherto self-contained Atlantic communities made contact with eastern ones by river routes, like the Rhone-Paris Basin-Loire and those leading to the North Sea and Bay of Biscay.
One of the other two flights carried competition winners from Edinburgh and the other flew invited guests on a loop of the Bay of Biscay.
And, anyway, I'm not going to head for anywhere terribly dangerous, such as the Bay of Biscay.
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