The early Quaternary history of the coastal region of Vendee, France, is reconstructed from study of eolian sands veneering the upper sides of valleys. At the time of the first glacial stage, the region was covered by thick desert sands. That this cold desert was not entirely devoid of vegetation is indicated by fossil soils in the quarries at Pin and Roussiere. Subsequently, most of the eolian material has been reworked into terraces by streams and by the sea.

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