Les Landes

Les Landes

 

a lowland in southwestern France. It extends 230 km along the Bay of Biscay between the lower courses of the Garonne River (with the Gironde) in the north and the Adour River in the south. It is made up on the surface of layers of quartz sand 20–60 m thick. At a depth of 20–100 cm the quartz sand contains a layer of impervious ferruginous sandstone (hardpan), which promotes the buildup and stagnation of surface water. Les Landes is separated from the sea by a strip of high (to 80–100 m) sand dunes, at the eastern foot of which is a chain of meridionally extending lakes. Until the 19th century the lowland was a vast, very swampy, poorly settled wasteland. Les Landes has pine forests, created by afforestation, and corn fields. There are oil fields (Parentis-en-Born), and resin is extracted.

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VVTHERE are British-trained runners at Deauville and Ostend today - not to mention Les Landes in Jersey - and regular French forager Harry Dunlop is keen on the chances of Star Of vendome finishing in the prize-money in the Prix Tanit, a mile maiden contest (1.
4 GASCONY Seven nights from [euro]1,498 Drop anchor at Le Vieux Port on the south-west Atlantic coast and discover an immense pine forest Les Landes and an inviting long stretch of sand.
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The enterprisingly-ridden Belrog looked to have stolen a march on his rivals down the back straight, but he began to feel the pinch from two furlongs down and the George Baker-trained I'm Harry, a multiple winner at Les Landes in Jersey, came through to win by eight lengths from Tilstarr.
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He suddenly emerged from the southwest province of Les Landes to assume leadership of the fledgling French free trade movement in 1844, which he modeled on that of Richard Cobden's Anti-Corn Law League in England.
The following officers, board members and directors were named for 2007-2008: Jennifer Pruett, president; Natasha Webster, president-elect; Aimee Muldrow, treasurer; Sandi Clement, treasurer-elect; Rich Jennings, secretary; Executive Committee members: Diedra Yates, Rhonda Sciarra, Annie Hafner, Janet Vigen and Greg Aranda; Directors: Les Landes, Bethanie Rivolta and Dora Smith.
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It stands more than 370 feet high and stretches for two miles, commanding panoramic views of the Arcachon basin and sprawling Les Landes pine forest.