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October 29th, 2012
Rogues 300219 30120
Gard Languedoc-Roussillon
43.889 3.573 580 m

A charming heritage, Rogues

One view.
Another view.

In Rogues, on CAUSSE of BLANDAS:

_ The castle of Rogues the origin of which goes back up to the 12th century.
_ The parochial church Saint-Félix quoted in 889, restored in the 17th century.
_ The menhir of "La Trivalle" of 1,70 m height, on the CAUSSE DE BLANDAS, near the village of Rogues, in the departement of the Gard.
One finds on CAUSSE OF BLANDAS 25 dolmens, 55 menhirs, and also several cromlechs badly preserved. In 2009, speleologists discovered a cave remained closed during 5000 years and container of skulls and potteries. Menhirs are standing stones vertically. They are many in Europe, where they were raised between 4500 and 2500 BC.

_ Le CAUSSE de BLANDAS est situé en Languedoc-Roussillon dans le département du Gard, bordé au nord par la vallée de l'Arre et le massif des Cévennes, au sud par la vallée de la VIS et le CAUSSE DU LARZAC. Sa superficie est d'environ 80 km², son altitude varie de 540 mètres à 955 mètres. Il fait partie des "petits causes", par opposition aux GRANDS CAUSSES. On trouve sur le Causse de Blandas de nombreux mégalithes : cromlechs, menhirs, et dolmens.

_ 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.

_ The VIS has its source in the mountains of the Aigoual, near Saint-Guiral Mount, under the pass of the "Homme Mort", in the municipality of Arrigas, in the Gard department. She disappears into the ground near the Larcy mill after crossing Alzon, while its flow reached 50 l/s. About 15 km later, she resurfaced in a resurgence in Vissec at "moulin de Lafoux" with a flow from 1200 to 2500 l/s. Its tributaries are mostly underground. The Vis constantly eroding the basement, causing landslides underground capable of interrupting its course of hours or days, as in 1779, 1890, 1927 and 1961. His exploration is difficult and dangerous in water at 11° and a very strong current. The Vis has a course in surface in impressive gorges up to 300 m deep dug in the limestone plateau, which the Causse du Larzac, crossing the imposing site of the Cirque de Navacelles. After crossing a watershed of 481 km², and a course of 57.8 km, it flows into the river Hérault in Ganges. The Vis description.

ROGUES is a French commune, located in the department of Gard of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 110 Roguois in 2009, distributed out of 30.2 km², that is to say 3.6 hab/km².

My images of Rogues.
My images of the Vis river canyon.

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