Ria of Ferrol

The Ria of Ferrol (or bay of Ferrol; Spanish and Galician: ría de Ferrol) is a ria in Galicia, Spain, the saline estuary of the Xuvia River. Located in the province of A Coruña, in the northwestern end of the Iberian Peninsula, it forms along the rías of A Coruña, Ares and Betanzos the gulf known as Portus Magnus Artabrorum in Roman times.[1] An important harbour, it became a base of the Spanish Navy during the Hapsburg dynasty, with the forts of San Felipe and La Palma watching over the in and out of the ria.[2] Bordered by the municipalities of Ferrol, Narón, Neda, Fene, Mugardos,[2] it stands out among the Galician rias in terms of the degree of alteration caused by human activities.[3] Also featuring nonetheless a rich sealife, the bay of Ferrol (itself included within the so-called "Rías Altas") is exploited to obtain seafood, chiefly varieties of clam and cockle.[4]

Ria of Ferrol
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Ria of Ferrol is located in Galicia
Ria of Ferrol
Ria of Ferrol
Coordinates43°28′24″N 8°13′07″W / 43.4734°N 8.21851°W / 43.4734; -8.21851
TypeRia
River sourcesXuvia River
Ocean/sea sourcesAtlantic Ocean
Basin countriesSpain
SettlementsFerrol, Narón, Neda, Fene, Mugardos

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Troncoso, J.S; Urgorri, V (1993). "Datos sedimentológicos y macrofauna de los fondos infralitorales de sustrato blanco de la Ría de Ares y Betanzos (Galicia, España)". Nova Acta Científica Compostelana (Bioloxía) (4): 153.
  2. ^ a b "Ría de Ferrol, histórica base de la Armada desde la dinastía de los Austrias". El Correo Gallego. 23 June 2013.
  3. ^ Moreira, Juan; Díaz-Agras, Guillermo; Candás, María; Tato, Ramiro; Besteiro, Celia; Urgorri, Victoriano (2012). "Monitoring of subtidal mollusc assemblages in a highly urbanized environment: the Ría de Ferrol (Galicia, NW Iberian Peninsula)" (PDF). Revista de Investigación Marina: 361.
  4. ^ "Actividad económica en Ferrolterra y área de influencia" (PDF). Ferrolterra. p. 23.