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Geology of the Languedoc

Geological sites, identified by Oxford Brookes University (see: http://www.virtual-geology.info/languedoc/)
  • NW of Mèze. Just north of the A9 2 km NW of Mze. Dinosaur nests being discovered all the time on site and displays of bones traded from other sites.
  • Cap d'Agde. Quaternary volcano
  • Oppidum d'Enserune. An excellent viewpoint, as well as a fascinating archaeological site. Click on the following link for more on the Oppidum de Enserune.
  • WSW to Sallèles d'Aude Roman Pottery - basin clay ideal for making amphorae, roof tiles etc.
  • St. Chinian area. Pierrerue site of bauxite, red tropical soil developed on Lower Jurassic limestones.
  • Caunes-Minervois. Marble quarry on local road NE of town but west of small gorge from N.D. de Cros - walk up forest road to steep cliff (columns for Versailles)
  • SE of Durban on the D77. Cuts on east side of road contain highly deformed Triassic gypsum with bipyramidal quartz. Please don't hammer the outcrop!
  • Albas. Long south-facing hill on D106 just south of D40. Excellent outcrops of late Cretaceous to early Tertiary conglomerates, sandstones and siltstones, deposited by ancient river systems.
  • D322 between Jonquières and Coustouge. Fossils. Outcrops on south side of the road contain Eocene marine foraminifera, corals, gastropods etc.
  • St. Victor Hermitage. Narrow, twisty road to fire tower and hermitage. Superb all round views. Views north to Boutenac, thrusted from south east and west to sides of gentle anticline of ancient lake limestone. Terroir de St Victor.
  • Terra Vinea (Caves Rocbère). Underground gypsum quarry storing wine now - Sigean exit of A9.
Click on the following link for more more interesting sites in the Aude Department more interesting sites in the Aude Department
Click on the following link for a summary of the main geological Period, Epochs and Ages  Period, Epochs and Ages
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