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November 12th, 2012
Brenas 340040 34650
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.655 3.257 440 m

The Salagou brook valley, Brenas

One view.
Another view.

In Brenas municipality, from the Merquière pass, the SALAGOU BROOK valley, with in the distance the MALAVIEILLE CASTLE ruins.

_ The SALAGOU BROOK takes its source to 250 m of altitude near the Merquière pass, in the Brenas municipality, in the department of Hérault. After crossing the SALAGOU LAKE, it flows in the LERGUE in the department of Herault after a course of 20.8 km and the crossing of a catchment area of 76 km². Its flow is very irregular. Description of the Salagou river.

The MALAVIEILLE CASTLE 12th 13th centuries, quoted in 1098, belonged to the bishopric of Lodève from 1223. At 373 m height, the ruins of the castle of Malavieille overlooks the valley of the SALAGOU BROOK which will create further the SALAGOU lakeand a magnificent rocky landscape characterized by intense erosion and red color: the RUFFES.

_ The RUFFES, called pélites by the geologists are very crisp sedimentary rocks, reddened by the iron oxide, the origin of which goes to the end of the primary era 280 to 225 million years. 1,9 million years ago, hanging 500 000 years the effusions of lava invaded valleys, on ruffes. The erosion dug the not covered ruffes, leaving in height the castings of basalt on the protected ruffes. Creating an inversion of the relief.

_ The SALAGOU LAKE located 45 kilometers west of Montpelier, result of the construction from 1964 to 1969 of a dam 357 m long 63 m high, in the town of Clermont-l'Hérault, on SALAGOU BROOK which flows into the LERGUE. Its 125 000 000 m3 of water for irrigation, extend over 750 hectares in the municipalities of Clermont-l'Hérault, Liausson, Octon, and Celles.

_ The LERGUE is a river which rises to 704 meters on the CAUSSE du LARZAC, in the municipality of Les Rives near the hamlet of Les Sièges in the Lauroux municipality in the department of Herault, which she joined the plain after a high vertical drop. After running for 44.9 km and crossing a watershed of 428km², it flows into the river Hérault in Canet. The lergue description.

BRENAS is a French commune, located in the department of the Hérault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 44 Brenais in 2009, distributed out of 10.6 km², that is to say 4.2 hab./km².

The Brenas municipality is crossed by the stream Salagou, and is close to the Regional Natural Park of Haut Languedoc.

My images of Brenas.
My images around the Salagou lake.

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