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The tides of the Bay of Saint-Malo are among the largest in Europe. They are caused by the concentration of water in the heart of a huge triangular Bay between Brittany and Cotentin.
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Maximum tidal (amplitude between low tide and high tide) can reach 14 meters, more than twice the normal tidal range in the Atlantic. For this reason, the barrier at the tidal plant was built precisely on the Rance estuary upstream from Saint-Malo (the other option is the bay of Mont Saint-Michel) in the early 1960s.
Saint-Malo is a seaport located on the Channel at the mouth of the estuary of the Rance. This arm of the sea that turns into a river is bounded by the tidal barrage de la Rance seaside and the town of Dinan-side (18 km as the crow flies away).
Access to the port of Saint-Malo is protected by many submerged reefs and breakers at high tide by tombolos submarines (visible at low tides deep waters), with islands and islets, many of which were fortified in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (Cézembre, Fort Harbor, the height of the Conchée, the Grand and Petit Bé Bé, l'Islet Fort National).
Saint-Malo was an island then became a peninsula and was surrounded by walls built and rebuilt from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries, which the architects Vauban and Simeon Garangeau adjoignit island fortifications. Specificity of the ramparts of Saint Malo is that they are resting on the rock that supports the city and do that by the weight of stacked stones.
Saint-Malo governs the Clos-Poulet (name derived told "Alet-Pou" from the Latin Pagus Aletti, "the country of Alet, but it is more likely that the name is derived from Plou / Plou Alet - "parish Alet" in Breton) is bounded by the Rance, the Channel and the depression of Châteauneuf. The city faces Dinard. Cancale contends the east coast of the Clos-Poulet, component part of the Emerald Coast
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