vendredi 20 mai 2016

Giants’ stones

The Sidobre is a mountainous area located in the south of the Massif Central, 25 km from the cottage. It is a 12 km long, 10 km wide plateau made of granite, which makes 120 square km of the same block, the largest in Europe.
The granite of the Sidobre is a plutonic rock resulting from a Hercynian intrusion dated back to 300 million years. The magma cooled down slowly and crystallised at a depth of 7.5 to 20 km. It eventually came to the surface with the erosion of the Cambrian metamorphic rocks.
It is a land full of mysteries where you can…

 … play in chaos, stone rivers built by some angry giant…
 … follow creeks and find gigantic cascades…

… or simply follow tracks in the forest and find thousands of  rocks with amazing shapes and names.

Thanks to the large area and the quality of the granite, the place provides for more than half of the granite used in France for construction or burial stones.
All graveyards in France have at least one tomb made of the Sidobre stone.

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