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 Mèze. 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
- 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 a summary of the main geological
Epochs and Ages
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