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L'étang de l'Or

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L'étang de l’Or est une étendue d'eau située au sud-est du département français de l'Hérault. Il est séparé de la mer Méditerranée par un cordon dunaire de 600 mètres de largeur au minimum. D'une surface de plus de 3000 hectares et d'une profondeur maximale de 1m, l'étang de l'Or (appelé aussi parfois « Étang de Mauguio ») est classé depuis 1983 au titre de la loi de 1930. Sa surface immergée est majoritairement sur le territoire de Mauguio. À l'ouest, un petit morceau appartient à Pérols, de même à l'est pour Marsillargues, etau sud-est, La Grande-Motte en détient une partie limitrophe avec une pointe du territoire d'Aigues-Mortes. L'étang est entouré de rivages sur les territoires de Pérols à l'ouest, Mauguio au nord, Candillargues et Lansargues au nord-est, Marsillargues et Aigues-Mortes à l'est, La Grande-Motte au sud-est et Mauguio au sud-ouest avec la station de Carnon. Il est entouré par Pérols à l'ouest et les communes du canton de Mauguio, dont La Grande-Motte et le quartier melgorien de Carnon installées sur le cordon dunaire qui sépare l'étang de la mer Méditerranée.

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Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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