Photographer's Note

May 27, 2007
Saint-Maurice-Navacelles 340277 34520
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.833 3.500 640 m

Valley of the Vis, in downstream of the hamlet of Navacelles. The bottom of the valley is to 300 m under the level of causses of Blandas on the left and Larzac on the right.

"La Vis" is a small affluent river of Herault, of 30 km length.
It takes its source on the Saint-Guiral mount in the solid mass of Aigoual. It disappears in the ground at Larcy whereas its flow reaches 50 l/s. Approximately 15 km further, it re-appears in Vissec, at the mill of Lafoux with a flow of 1200 to 2500 l/s. Its affluents are in major part underground. "La Vis" then impressed its course of surface dug in the medium of impressive plates limestones called causses. "La Vis" erodes the basement, provocative constantly underground crumblings able to stop its course for hours, even days, as in 1779, 1890, 1927 and 1961.

Hamlet de Navacelles is on the commune of Saint-Maurice-Navacelles which is a commune in departement of Hérault resulting from the fusion of the three communes from Saint-Maurice, Navacelles and Madières. On a surface of 6850 hectares, located at the average altitude of 584 meters, this commune shelters 146 inhabitants.

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