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July 3rd, 2011
Les Rives 340230 34520
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.843 3.268 771 m

The lavogne on the causse, Les Rives. (3 images).

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A charming lavogne on the CAUSSE of LARZAC, near the village of Les Rives and secondary road D151.

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.

One of the most known for these lavognes is integrated into the site of La Couvertoirade.

Les Rives is in the perimeter of CAUSSES and CÉVENNES registered on the UNESCO world heritage list since June 28th, 2011.

_ 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 limestones plateaus 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.

LES RIVES is a French commune, located in the department of Hérault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 125 Rivois en 2008, distributed on 23.8 km², is 5.3 hab/km².

Situated on the Causse du Larzac, the municipality of Les Rives is close to the Parc naturel régional des Grands Causses.

If it is enough raining, at rather short time, we can attend one phénomène hydrologique not far from the village. This unusual lake on the limestone plateau, temporary and rare is sometimes called lake of Aygas.

My images of Les Rives.
My images of the Causse du Larzac.

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