Ras Nouadhibou

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Ras Nouadhibou
Cap Blanc Mauritania Spanish Sahara 1958.JPG
Map from 1958 showing the border line between Mauritania and the Spanish Sahara
Geographical location
Ras Nouadhibou (Mauritania)
Ras Nouadhibou
Coordinates 21 ° 0 ′  N , 17 ° 3 ′  W Coordinates: 21 ° 0 ′  N , 17 ° 3 ′  W
Waters 1 Atlantic Ocean
Waters 2 Dakhlet Nouadhibou
length 60 km

Ras Nouadhibou ( Arabic رأس نواذيبو, DMG Raʾs Nawāḏībū , formerly: Portuguese Cabo Branco , French Cap Blanc , Spanish Cabo Blanco ) is a narrow peninsula around 40 kilometers long , about half of which lies on the national territory of Mauritania and the Western Sahara . The headland facing south ends at the cape of the same name . The bay, which lies between the peninsula and the Mauritanian mainland coast, is called Dakhlet Nouadhibou , in colonial times: Baie du Lévrier .

The border runs through the peninsula to the Cape and was established in this form in 1912 between the colonial powers Spain and France . Today the western part belongs to the Western Sahara occupied by Morocco , the eastern part to Mauritania.

The second largest city in Mauritania, Nouadhibou , formerly Port-Étienne, lies on the protected east side; the colonial settlement of La Gouira on the west coast, a few kilometers away , was abandoned.

A small colony of the very rare Mediterranean monk seals still lives on the southern tip of the sandy bays below the steep limestone cliffs .

Individual evidence

  1. Pablo Fernández de Larrinoa, Miguel Angel Cedenilla: Human Disturbance at the Cabo Blanco Monk Seal Colony. (PDF; 75 kB) Monachus Guardian, 6 (1), June 2003