Flic-en-Flac

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Flic-en-Flac
Village
Flic-en-Flac beach
Flic-en-Flac beach
Flic-en-Flac is located in Mauritius
Flic-en-Flac
Flic-en-Flac
Coordinates: 20°16′47.21″S 57°21′59.23″E / 20.2797806°S 57.3664528°E / -20.2797806; 57.3664528Coordinates: 20°16′47.21″S 57°21′59.23″E / 20.2797806°S 57.3664528°E / -20.2797806; 57.3664528
CountryMauritius Mauritius
DistrictsRivière Noire
Government
Time zoneUTC+4 (MUT)
AirportSSR International Airport (distanced approximately 50 km)

Flic-en-Flac (Mauritian Creole pronunciation: [flikɑ̃flak]) is a seaside town on the west coast Mauritius in the district of Black River.[1][2]

The name most likely comes from an Old Dutch phrase, "Fried Landt Flaak", meaning free, flat land. Its public white sandy beach is one of the longest on the island. This public beach attracts local families, tourists and visitors throughout the year. Its lagoon is protected by the surrounding coral reefs.[3] The beach provides scenic views over the Indian Ocean horizon and of Le Morne Brabant Peninsula located in the south west of Mauritius. Flic-en-Flac is near Tamarin beach which is situated a few kilometres away. The Casela Bird Park near Flic-en-Flac features orchids, over 140 species of birds and the endemic and endangered rare pink pigeon.[3]

A street in Flic en Flac, Mauritius

Flic-en-Flac is in a non-industrial part of Mauritius, with a coastline of about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi). It is geared towards tourism with many luxury hotels in Mauritius,[4] experiencing about 500,000 visitors yearly.[2] Spread over 10 square kilometres (3.9 sq mi) of Flic en Flac, it hosts about 4 square kilometres (1.5 sq mi) of sugarcane plantations. The town has River Rempart to its south, a La Ferme Reservoir to its northeast, and a groundwater flow which provides freshwater spring to marshes and lagoons near the town.[2]

The beach erosion and corals near Flic-en-Flac have been the subject of several studies on global climate change.[5] According to Sachooda Ragoonaden, the sea-level rise is causing a shoreline retreat of 2.7 metres (8.9 ft) per year near Flic-en-Flac.[6] The Mauritius government has built gabions to address this erosion, but the subsequent tidal damage has raised concerns about its quality and stability.[7]

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  1. ^ "Flic en flac - Mauritius". travelmauritius.info. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Minu Gupta Bhowon; Sabina Jhaumeer Laulloo; Henri Li Kam Wah; et al. (2012). Chemistry for Sustainable Development. Springer Science. p. 41. ISBN 978-90-481-8650-1.
  3. ^ a b Martine Maurel (2007). Mauritius. New Holland Publishers. pp. 88–90. ISBN 978-1-84537-647-5.
  4. ^ Martin Nicholas Kunz (2005). Luxury Hotels Africa/Middle East. teNeues. pp. 98–115. ISBN 978-3-8327-9060-8.
  5. ^ Risk, Michael J.; Nairn, Robert B.; Kolberg, Mark O. (2007). "Factors Influencing the Long-Term Stability of the Carbonate Sand Beaches of Mauritius". Coastal Sediments: 1708–1721. doi:10.1061/40926(239)134.
  6. ^ Sachooda Ragoonaden (1997), IMPACT OF SEA-LEVEL RISE ON MAURITIUS, Journal of Coastal Research, SPECIAL ISSUE NO. 24. ISLAND STATES AT RISK: GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE, DEVELOPMENT AND POPULATION (Fall 1997), pp. 205-223
  7. ^ C. A. Brebbia; G. Benassai; G. R. Rodríguez (2009). Coastal Processes. WIT Press. pp. 155–156. ISBN 978-1-84564-200-6.