Zdjêcia

Photographer's Note

March 31st, 2010
Saint-Michel dit aussi Saint-Michel-d'Alajou 340278 34520
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.855 3.387 775 m

A lavogne on the causse, Saint-Michel. (5 images). CLICK to ENLARGE.

One view. April 13th, 2008. (5 images).
Other view. April 13th, 2008. (4 images).

A lavogne on the CAUSSE of LARZAC, in Saint-Michel of Alajou.
The sheep feeding troughs of causses, or the LAVOGNES in local language, are small ponds in impermeable natural depressions called dolines, paved stones, to collect rainwater. The causses are completely deprived of water, which infiltrates in the depths limestones. One finds on causses many LAVOGNES.
The lavognes of CAUSSE of LARZAC.

The most famous of these lavognes is integrated into the site of La Couvertoirade.

_ The "CAUSSE du LARZAC" is vastest and southernmost of "GRANDS CAUSSES", large causses. Its 1000 km ² of plateau rise from 600 to 900 meters. It is limited to the North-East by Dourbie river which separates it from "Causse Noir", in the North-West the Tarn river separates it from the plateau of Lévézou, in the west it stops with the depression of Roquefort. Its surface is strewn with famous sites with the military orders, Knights of the Order of the Temple and Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.

_ The "GRANDS CAUSSES", in the south of the Massif Central, are delimited in north by the plateau of "Aubrac", in the east by the Cévennes, the south by the plain of the "lodévois", in the west by the plateau of "Lévézou". These are plateaus limestones whose altitude varies from 700 to 1250 meters of altitude, and of surface going up to 1000 km².
The "Grands Causses" are formed by important "Causses of Larzac" (1000 km²), of "Sauveterre" (550 km²), "Méjean" (330 km²), and "Noir" (200 km²), but also of the causses "Comtal", "Rouge" and of "Sévérac", and many small peripheral causses like causses of "Mende", "Blandas", "Changefèges", "Bégon", etc… No waterway circulates on the surface of the plates, because the rainwater infiltrates in the karstic, generating networks of many swallow-holes and caves, to re-appear in the valleys. Geology of causses and the cévennes.

SAINT-MICHEL is a French commune, located in the department of the Hérault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 65 Saint-Michelains in 2004, distributed out of 25.4 km², that is to say 2.6 hab./km².

My images of Saint-Michel d'Alajou.
My images of the Larzac Causse.

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