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Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve
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Type of site: Natural
Date of Inscription: 1983
Location: Europe, France, Departments of Corse du Sud and Haute Corse, Corsica
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Description: The nature reserve, which is part of the Regional Natural Park of Corsica, occupies the Scandola peninsula, an impressive, porphyritic rock mass. The vegetation is an outstanding example of scrubland. Seagulls, cormorants and sea eagles can be found there. The clear waters, with their islets and inaccessible caves, host a rich marine life. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Scandola Nature Reserve (19.19 km²: 9.19 km² land; 10 km² marine), established in December, 1975, is located on the French island Corsica, within Corsica Regional Park. The park and reserve has been recognized by the United Nations as a Natural World Heritage Site, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983. The reserve has two sectors, the Elpa Nera inlet and the peninsula of Scandola. The jagged and sheer cliffs contain many grottos and are flanked by numerous stacks and almost inaccessible islets and coves, such as Tuara. The coastline is also noted for its red cliffs, some 900 metres high, sand beaches, and headlands. Calanches de Piana are Corsican calanques located between Ajaccio and Calvi. Corsica (French: Corse; Corsican and Italian: Corsica) is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily, Sardinia, and Cyprus). It is located southwest of Italy, southeast of France, and north of the island of Sardinia. Corsica is famed as the birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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