Photographer's Note

March 30th, 2010
Octon 340186 34800
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.655 3.304 190 m

Downpour on the Salagou lake, Octon. (9 images).

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A view by far of the village of Celles on bank of the Salagou Lake.
A view of La Roque rock, and of La Sure hill.

The light and fine droplets of water, adorn the LAKE OF the SALGOU with a beautiful rainbow.

At the end of the commune of Clermont-l'Hérault, on bank of the SALAGOU LAKE:
the rock of LA ROQUE is a large volcanic rock placed on a hillock of RUFFE, at the overcome top of a cross. I read that a compass placed at less than one meter of the rock, indicates the south to north and conversely, which I did not check. A phenomenon which would be due to the volcanic past of the place and the geological deformations.
The 321 meters height hill of LA SURE, overcome basalt which testifies to the remote geological events of volcanic nature.

_ The LAKE OF SALAGOU of 700 hectares, located at 50 kilometers in the west of Montpelier results from the construction of 1964 to 1969 of a dam of 357 m length and 63 m high on the Salagou brook. It constitutes a place of interest very attended in estival period. It fits in a decoration of reliefs characterized by an intense erosion and one red color: The ruffes.

_ The RUFFES, called pelites by the geologists are sedimentary rocks very friable whose origin goes up at the end of the primary era from 280 to 225 million years. Their red color is due to the presence of iron oxide. The builders of the past used the ruffes much to build there the capitelles ones, kind of stone huts, low and arched, which were used as shelters to the shepherds and to vine growers, and whom one still meets in the landscape. Vegetable cover is very poor, some trees and shrubs.

OCTON is a French commune, located in the department of the Hérault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 397 Octonnais in 1999, distributed out of 22 km², that is to say 18 hab./km².

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