Inland Sea, Gozo

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Inland Sea
Qawra
A photograph of the Inland Sea in 2016. Photo shows the arch in the rock.
The Inland Sea in 2016
Map of the Maltese archipelago with a red dot on the west side of the island of Gozo showing the location of the Inland Sea.
Map of the Maltese archipelago with a red dot on the west side of the island of Gozo showing the location of the Inland Sea.
Inland Sea
Location of the Inland Sea in Malta
LocationGozo, Malta
Coordinates36°03′14″N 14°11′28″E / 36.0538°N 14.1911°E / 36.0538; 14.1911Coordinates: 36°03′14″N 14°11′28″E / 36.0538°N 14.1911°E / 36.0538; 14.1911
TypeLagoon
Part ofMediterranean Sea
Basin countriesMalta
Max. length119 metres (390 ft)
Max. width81 metres (266 ft)
Surface area6,652 square metres (71,600 sq ft)
Average depth2 metres (6.6 ft)
Max. depth26 metres (85 ft)
Shore length1330.53 metres (1,084.4 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

The Inland Sea, sometimes called Qawra in Maltese and also known as Dwejra, is a lagoon of seawater on the island of Gozo linked to the Mediterranean Sea through an opening formed by a narrow natural arch.[1][2]

It was probably formed where a geological fault in the limestone had created a sea cave and the roof then collapsed.[3]

On one side there is a gently shelving stony beach with several fishermen's huts.[1] The boats are often pulled up on to the stony beach. The bottom of the lagoon is also mostly pebbles and rocks and is fairly shallow. Exiting through the tunnel towards open sea, the floor drops away in a series of shelves to a depth of up to 35 meters on the outside. Jacques Cousteau said the Inland Sea was among his top ten dives.[4]

On calm days fishing boats, known in Maltese as luzzijiet, can pass through the tunnel. Some of the boats are used to take visitors through the archway and then for a tour of the nearby cliffs and other sites, mainly to the Fungus Rock and to the site of the previous large natural arch in the cliffs called the Azure Window.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Inland Sea". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  2. ^ "14 of the best beaches in Malta and Gozo". Times Travel. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  3. ^ Handbook of Geotourism. (n.d.). United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. p441
  4. ^ Guides, Rough. Pocket Rough Guide Malta & Gozo (Travel Guide EBook). United Kingdom, Apa Publications, 2020.

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