Photographer's Note

April 29th, 2009
Saint-Maurice-Navacelles 340277 34520
Hrault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.846 3.518 580 m

Canyon and falls.

One sight. August 8th, 2009.
Other sight. May 4th, 2008.

Vis river canyon, and the hamlet of Navacelles at the bottom of the circus of Navacelles. The bottom of the canyon is to 300 m under the level of causse of Blandas opposite, and of causse of Larzac.

The Vis is a small river, abundant but very irregular. Supplied with its catchment area, its risings can be extremely important. November 8, 1982, the maximum instantaneous flow was 542 m, five hundred and forty two m, a second, in Saint-Laurent-le-Minier for a rising hardly of a decennial nature, banal and by no means exceptional.

Tributary of Herault, a 30 km length. It takes its source on the Saint-Guiral mount in the solid mass of Aigoual. It disappears in the ground with Larcy whereas its flow reaches 50 l/s. Approximately 15 km further, it goes on surface in a rsurgence with Vissec, with the mill of Lafoux with a flow of 1200 to 2500 l/s. Its affluents are in major undergrounds part. the Vis erodes the basement, provocative constantly underground crumblings able to stop its course of the hours, even days, as in 1779, 1890, 1927 and 1961. Its exploration, appears difficult and dangerous in a water with 11 and a very strong current. The Vis then impressed its bed of surface in impressive canyons reaching 300 m of depth dug in plates limestones called causses, of which the Causse of Larzac, crossing the imposing site of the Circus of Navacelles. It follows its torrential course giving its energy to an electric micro-power station in Madires, and its purity with some pisciculture with trouts of quality, then is thrown in Herault in Ganges.

The freshness and the purity of the Vis river are appraisals, close to its classified falls.

Saint-Maurice-Navacelles is a french commune, located in the department of the Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 142 inhabitants in 1999, divided out of 69 km, that is to say 2 hab./km.

Hamlet of Navacelles is on the commune of Saint-Maurice-Navacelles, resulting from the fusion of the three communes from Saint-Maurice, Navacelles and Madires.

My images of Saint-Maurice-Navacelles.

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