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April 13, 2008
Saint-Jean-de-la-Blaquière 340268 34700
Herault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.700 3.417 152 m

Ruffes country. (2 images).

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In the reliefs white limestones of the department of Herault, the area of Lodèvois and lake of Salagou clash, by the color of its ruffes, grounds of a red often sinks with naked at the foot of the mountainous hills.
Apart from the almost deserted slopes, the ruffes are covered with a poor natural vegetation reduced to some trees, shrubs and waste lands, but also of cultivated vines, fields and grazing grounds.

It is at the Permian era, at the end of the primary era, approximately 250 million years ago, that accumulated, by regular layers on a thickness being able to reach 3000 m, argillaceous or sandy sediments, charged of iron salts which the climatic conditions of the period made oxidize, giving their red color to the ruffes.
These rocks friable, detrital of family of pelites, (In a jargon borrowed from the geologists), are eroded and gullied permanently, giving this spectacular landscape.

Geology of Herault

Saint-Jean-de-la-Blaquière is a French commune, located in the department of the Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 361 Blaquiérois, distributed on 17 km², that is to say 21 hab./km².

On the territory of the commune are a many typical huts, made of red dry stone of the ruffes walling, with the roof arched in corbelling, known as capitelles.

The COGEMA exploited, during more than twenty years until 1997, on the ground of the commune of Saint-Jean-de-la-Blaquière, (and of the common neighbors of Soumont, Bosc, Puech), a site naturally rich in uranium, from where it withdrew nearly 15 000 tons of this metal.

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