Delta landscapes

(1) “The Deltas of southern Europe are intensively cultivated areas, comparable in this respect with the Polders of NW Europe. (…) They are open landscapes with concentrations of rural and urban development. It is a young landscape. “The layout of the land is therefore quite regular. Patterns of rectangular fields alternate in form and orientation.” Ex.: Les Landes and Languedoc-Roussillon (FR), Po valley (IT Emilia Romagna, Lombardia), Ebro valley (ES), PT (Tejo, Douro).

(2) Fan-shaped alluvial deposit of sediment at the mouth of a river.

Source: (1) MEEUS et al. (1990), p. 313. (2) EVERT (2004), p. 148.
Agricultural activity on an alluvial fan built by a river near Thessaloniki, Greece (Photo: Csaba CENTERI 2010)
Agricultural activity on an alluvial fan built by a river near Thessaloniki, Greece (Photo: Csaba CENTERI 2010)

Agricultural activity on an alluvial fan built by a river near Thessaloniki, Greece (Photo: Csaba CENTERI 2010)

Database entries for Delta landscapes

The entries are still in process, the e-atlas is still under development

 

The Delta du Rhône was formed 10.000 years ago by the penetration and decline of the sea and the edification of sandy spits.

Since Antiquity the area is used agriculturally and large agricultural domains appear. The construction of dams start in the Middle Age while forestry… [Read more]