The river Hérault

 

Coming from the Cevennes in the Gard, the river Hérault (Arauris:or) moves towards the centre of the department after having forged spectacular gorges in the calcareous massif of the hills of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert.

 The river Hérault - JPEG - 19.2 kb
The river Hérault
Crédit Philippe Martin

The violent Mediterranean rains here make it swell suddenly and accelerate its power of erosion. You can see, by following its course, how the sturdiness of the many works of art, mills and fortified bridges so wonderfully illustrates, the prominent place the Hérault has had in local history.

Following which the wilful waterway loses all its virulence and serenely slides into the middle of the carpet of alluvium that it has laid down, all through the first quaternary.

Summer visitors to the area get a tropical impression of the majestic forests that grow on the sides of the river, which comes from the heat and humidity.

The contrast with the surrounding arid places allows them to alternate, by choosing the climate which is better suited to the activity of the day.

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Pictures

The river Hérault - JPEG - 111.9 kb
The river Hérault

Crédit Philippe Martin

The mill of Laurès (private building) near Paulhan - JPEG - 188.1 kb
The mill of Laurès (private building) near Paulhan

Crédit JL Birouste

A pensive onlooker, river Hérault - JPEG - 190.6 kb
A pensive onlooker, river Hérault

Crédit JL Birouste

The highway bridge of Paulhan over the Hérault - JPEG - 141.3 kb
The highway bridge of Paulhan over the Hérault

Crédit JL Birouste

The bridge over the Hérault - JPEG - 203.2 kb
The bridge over the Hérault

Crédit JL Birouste

The Hérault river at Canet - JPEG - 114.9 kb
The Hérault river at Canet

Crédit CC Clermontais

 

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