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A calanque (from the Corsican and Occitan words of pre- Indo-European origin calanca (plural calanche in Corsican, calancas in Occitan) with meaning "inlet") is a narrow, steep-walled inlet that is developed in limestone, dolomite, or other carbonate strata and found along the Mediterranean coast. A calanque is a steep-sided valley formed within karstic regions either by fluvial erosion or the collapse of the roof of a cave that has been subsequently partially submerged by a rise in sea level.

Usage examples of "calanque".

A strong breeze blew from the open sea westward of them, and over the glittering waters of the fjordlike calanque east of the ridge, yet it disturbed neither the smooth drape of the mage's robes, nor his tall companion's rough-woven, patched cloak.

She could see the roofs of Citharista, and the brilliant blue of the calanque, but the trail was hidden in trees.

They ate crisp venison by firelight, and he sang her a song without words, its simple rhythmic tune the one she had heard issuing from the depths of the calanque, where campfires had burned beneath the waters.

There was the calanque, as she had seen it before as through a mist, but now clear, and her chattering magpie cries caused her companion to circle back.

She did not follow the track down to the village at the head of the calanque, but kept to the high ground where no brush impeded her.

Coming back from the calanque and the deep past, she would trace the same path and step forth into the moment when she had turned aside from the Massalia trail.

At present the cave's only entrance lies under 120 feet of water, beneath the Calanque de Sormiou.