Photographer's Note

January 18th, 2010
Clermont-l'Herault 340079 34800
Herault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.628 3.429 100 m


Calm morning, Clermont-l'Hérault. 900th. (4 images). CLICK to enlarge.

One sight.
Other sight.

By one calm morning, symmetrical reflection on the Salagou lake.

At the end of the commune of Clermont-l'Hérault, at the 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 SALAGOU LAKE 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.

CLERMONT-L'HERAULT, in occitan Clarmont d'Erau, is a French commune, located in the department of the Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 6532 Clermontais in 1999, distributed on 33 km², that is to say 199 hab./km².

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