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Cape Peñas, Asturias, Spain

A headland is a part of the country that protrudes far into the sea. The transition to the cape and peninsula is fluid.

The prominent headlands in Western Europe include Land's End on Cornwall (south-west England), which ends in Cape Cornwall , the Cotentin in northern France, the Ponta de Sagres peninsula in Portugal's Algarve and Cape Peñas in Asturias , the northern tip of Spain .

In northern Germany, the often very pronounced ends of the Frisian Islands should be mentioned, Eiderstedt in Schleswig-Holstein , numerous peaks in the Danish-German area of ​​the Baltic Sea . The Fresh Spit near Danzig belongs to Poland and Russia .

The extreme end of a headland is often referred to as a cape , but small protrusions on otherwise straight coasts also have this name. Some of the well-known capes are the end of very pronounced headlands - for example in America:


If material is brought in from two sides by water, the flow forces weaken each other and a headland is created over the intermediate stage of beach walls, which is called Höft (male, plural: Höfts, from the Low German Höft = head or head). Examples of this are the Reddevitzer Höft on the island of Rügen and the Geltinger Birk at the exit of the Flensburg Fjord .

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Web links

Wiktionary: headland  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Uwe Muuß, Marcus Petersen: The coasts of Schleswig-Holstein. Wachholtz, Neumünster 1974, ISBN 3529053015 .