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Marine Places

Banc D’Arguin

The Banc d’Arguin National Park is a vast region of dunes, islands, and shallow tidal flats covering more than 4,600 square miles (12,000 square km) of the Mauritanian coast. The dunes, which consist mainly of windblown sand from the Sahara, are concentrated in the southern region of the Park. Banc d’Arguin contains a variety of plant life and is a major breeding or wintering site for many migratory birds, including flamingos, pelicans, and terns. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987.

  • Atlantic Ocean East
  • Type Coastal dunes and tidal flats
  • Composition Yellow sand
  • Length 100 miles (160 km)
  • Location Between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou on the northwest coast of Mauritania, West Africa
Banc D’Arguin habitat mapzoom image