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July 3rd, 2011
Cornus 120077 12540
Aveyron Midi-Pyrénées
43.902 3.178 640 m

At the edge of the cliff, Cornus

One view.
Another view. October 21st, 2010.

The Saint-Jacques church, romanesque of the 12th 13th centuries, is noticed by its modest dimensions and its wall-belfry.

La Bastide-des-Fonts is a village in edge of plateau of Guilhaumard, in the Cornus municipality.

The plateau of Guilhaumard extends on the communes of Cornus et Le Clapier. In a superb landscape, one can see many orchises, and also a diversity of butterflies, bat and raptors.

CORNUS is a french commune, located in the department of Aveyron of the Midi-Pyrénées area, populated of 511 Cornusols in 2009, distributed out of 92,7 km², that is to say 5,5 hab./km².

Cornus, mentioned in 1070, is a village of South-Aveyron close to the source of SORGUES river. The commune counts three hamlets: La Bastide-des-Fonts, Canals, Sorgues.

The commune of Cornus,in part on the Larzac plateau, is crossed by the ORB river and the SORGUES river, and is in the PARC NATUREL RÉGIONAL DES GRANDS CAUSSES.

_ The SORGUES river, takes its source at 570 meters high, in a side of CAUSSE of LARZAC, close to Cornus, near the castle of Sorgues, by an important resurgence. It runs in Aveyron to throw itself in the "Dourdou de Camarès", very close to Vabres-l'Abbaye, after a course of 46 km, and the crossing of a catchment area of 279 km². Its flow can pass from a minimal flow of 0.79 m³/s to a maximum flow of 320 m³/s. Sorgues river description.

_ The ORB, coastal river, takes its source at 828 meters of altitude, close to the site “Font d'Orb”, in limit of the communes of Cornus in Aveyron departement, and Romiguières in Hérault departement, in dolomitic limestones of "Causse du Larzac". It runs in the departement of Aveyron, then in the department of Hérault, and flows in the Mediterranean sea at Valras-Plage, after a course of 136 km, and the crossing of a catchment area of 1585 km². Its flow can pass from a minimal flow of 1.4 m³/s to a maximum flow of 1630 m³/s. Orb river description.

_ The CAUSSE of 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 plateaus limestones 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.

My images of Cornus.
My images of Sorgues river valley.
My images of Orb valley and canyon.
My images of Causse du Larzac.

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