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Juin 27th, 2010
Saint-Rome-de-Dolan 480180 48500
Lozère Languedoc-Roussillon
44.272 3.216 851 m

An ancient farm, Saint-Rome-de-Dolan

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An ancient forgotten simple farm, on the CAUSSE of SAUVETERRE in the Almières hamlet of the municipality of Saint-Rome-de-Dolan above the GORGES du TARN, the traditional architecture with the flagstone roofs.

_ The TARN river takes its source to approximately 1600 m of altitude, north of hamlet of the Hospital, not far from the peak Cassini, on the slopes of Mount-Lozere, the territory of the commune of le Pont-de-Montvert, and is thrown after a course of 380 km, and the crossing of a catchment area of 15700 km², in the Garonne close to Castelsarrasin. In Moissac, close to the confluence with the Garonne, the minimal flow is gone down to 9 m³/s, while the maximum flow with reached 8000 m³/s. Description of the Tarn river.

_ The GORGES du TARN which are a canyon of 53 kilometers, dug by the Tarn river between the "Causse Méjean" and the "Causse de Sauveterre", extends from Quézac to Rozier. The Tarn river passes from calms in rapids between the rock faces which reach sometimes 500 m, cut in the layers of limestone which reach 650 m and up to 1,500 m per place.

_The CAUSSE de SAUVETERRE in "Massif Central" southern, a surface of 55,000 hectares and reaching 1100 meters of altitude, is the second of the four "GRANDS CAUSSES", large causses. (Larzac 1000 km², Sauveterre 550 km², Méjean 330 km², Noir 200 km²). It covers part of the departments of Lozère and from Aveyron, limited to north by the valley of the Lot river, to the south by the "Gorges du Tarn", it extends towards the east of the pass of Montmirat beyond Massegros, and towards the west to "Causses de Massegros" and "Causse de Séverac".

_ 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.

SAINT-ROME-DE-DOLAN is a french municipality, located in the department of Lozère of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 84 Saint-Romans in 2008, distributed out of 32.6 km², that is to say 2.6 hab/km².

Saint-Rome-de-Dolan is in the perimeter of the Causses and Cevennes registered on the UNESCO world heritage list since June 28th, 2011.

My images of Saint-Rome-de-Dolan.
My images of the Tarn river valley and canyon.

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