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November 5th, 2010
Mérifons 340156 34800
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.633 3.295 173 m

The Malavieille castle ruins, Mérifons

One view. October 23rd, 2012.
Another view. November 12th, 2012.

On the path of a magnificent small hike, The CASTLE OF MALAVIEILLE of 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 hike randonnée of 14 kilometers cross the château de Malavieille, visit the paleontological site of la Lieude with the imprints of the passage of animals of Permian era, by the chapel Saint-Pierre de Mérifons 12th 14th 15th centuries, and by the chapel Saint-Fulcran of the name of a famous bishop of Lodève who would have been born to MÉRIFONS. The hike presents no difficulty except for some ascents.

_ 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 lac of Salagou, it flows in the river 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 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.

MÉRIFONS is a french commune, located in the Hérault departement of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 47 Mérifonois in 2009, distributed out of 6.7 km², that is to say 7 hab./km².

The commune is crossed by the river SALAGOU which retained downstream creates the lac Salagou.

Mes images of Mérifons.
My images of the landscapes of the Salagou lake

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