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Old July 13th, 2009, 04:17 AM   #641
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Old July 13th, 2009, 04:18 AM   #642
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Old July 13th, 2009, 04:19 AM   #643
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What about some French roads down under in the South Pacific?

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Rush hour on Tahiti's only motorway (you can see the traffic jam through the foliage):
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Auchan in Poland, now Champion in Tahiti.
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New road under construction on the island of Hiva Oa, in the Marquesas Islands ("les Marquises"):
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Raiatea island:
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New Caledonia:


New Caledonian roads deserve a thread of their own...
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From green and lush, almost a bit of Europe transplanted down under...
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...to red and dry, a bit of Australian outback pretending to be part of France:
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But always with signage identical to Metropolitan France:
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Couple more pictures of the roads crossing the vast interior of New Caledonia (too bad there are still no pictures of the New Caledonian motorways... I couldn't find any online despite many searches). New Caledonia is the largest island in the French Republic, so there are lots of distances to cover, with quite varied landscapes, climate zones and vegetation.
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Tempting...
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Back to civilization, approaching the town of Bourail on the west coast of New Caledonia:
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Old July 13th, 2009, 04:38 AM   #644
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PS: I was finally able to find some pics of New Caledonia's motorways!

All of them are located in the region of Nouméa, New Caledonia's capital. One of these motorways is actually a toll motorway, just like the toll motorways in Metropolitan France (but I couldn't find a picture of the toll station/péage unfortunately; you pay at the toll station at the end of the motorway as you enter the Nouméa urban peninsula, a bit like you pay at the toll stations as you enter Greater Paris):







Here they are apparently doing some work to turn the 1x1 road into a 2x2 motorway:
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Old July 13th, 2009, 04:57 AM   #645
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Cool pics, thanks!
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Old July 13th, 2009, 05:39 AM   #646
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I doubt anyone obey speed limits on Raiatea island. But who knows... even their Caribbean islands are full of speed cameras.

Is landscape in New Caledonia also a result of massive deforestation? I would expect more tropical forests.

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Old July 13th, 2009, 06:01 AM   #647
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Why more tropical forests when it's right by the Tropic of Capricorn? (yes, I see the irony by the Tropic of Capricorn )
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Because climate conditions are appropriate there and islands at that latitude in the west pacific region have them so does the eastern coast of Australia. But New Caledonia just look deforested ... maybe because of the mining or too many goats?

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Old July 13th, 2009, 09:05 AM   #649
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Old July 13th, 2009, 03:31 PM   #650
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Wow, so many European cars in the other side of the world!
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Old July 13th, 2009, 04:21 PM   #651
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Because climate conditions are appropriate there and islands at that latitude in the west pacific region have them so does the eastern coast of Australia. But New Caledonia just look deforested ... maybe because of the mining or too many goats?
The west coast of New Caledonia, where most pics that I posted were taken, is leeward (sous le vent), and is thus quite dry, with no tropical forest, but a thiner dry forest instead. The east coast of New Caledonia is windward (au vent) and is much wetter, with tropical forests. White people live essentially on the dry west coast, while the wetter east coast is more than 90% Melanesian Kanak.

There is one pic that I posted which was taken on the wetter (and steeper) east coast:
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Here you have a map showing the average rainfall every year in New Caledonia. The windward east coast is much wetter:


On the dry west coast, the thin dry forest (forêt sèche), which is typical of New Caledonia, has shrunk a lot since White settlers have arrived 150 years ago (British sandalwood traders had already eradicated almost all the sandalwood (bois de santal) in New Caledonia even before the arrival of the French):


This is a typical example of the dry forest which is endemic to New Caledonia's west coast:
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The beautiful Araucaria columnaris (pin colonaire), native to New Caledonia, standing in a dry forest:
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Because climate conditions are appropriate there
There're usually deserts by the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer due to high pressure.
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I doubt anyone obey speed limits on Raiatea island.
You may speed, but at your own risk. Here is the headquarter of the French gendarmerie on Raiatea island:


According to their website, there are 10 gendarmes stationed in Raiatea: http://www.gendarmerie-polynesie.pf/...=104&Itemid=90
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brisavoine, thanks for all your interesting information!

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There're usually deserts by the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer due to high pressure.
That depends on various factors, also sea currents for example. I asked because I saw some really dense forests near Tropic of Capricorn in this part of the world.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 12:44 PM   #656
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New Caledonia motorways and roads photos are indeed very nice; thanks for sharing

Brisavoine, that part of motorway in Tahiti, its in Papeete city?
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Yes, it's Papeete (or its suburbs).
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Old July 18th, 2009, 11:25 AM   #658
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I don't understand how we missed it, they opened the "route des Tamarins" in Reunion island.

2x2 new highway of 35 km long, to remplace the old 2 lane N1 always jammed in the west coast.

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That new motorway is indeed very nice
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I don't understand how we missed it, they opened the "route des Tamarins" in Reunion island.
There's something even more important that we've missed Minato. The long awaited (but little publicized) opening of the A86 tunnel in Greater Paris at the beginning of the month.

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