Monts d'Ardèche natural regional Park

MINISITE - Geopark

Bibliography

If you want to know more about the Geopark and its geological heritage :  Books : AYMES Maryse, ESTEBAN Jean-Pierre. 2012, Ardèche, aux Editions Omniscience, Guide géologique. 256p BERGER Emmanuel T. 2007, Les jeunes volcans d'Ardèche, Ed. Sud-Ouest, pp. 32 LAFFONT Pierre-Yves, BRECHON Franck, DEFIVE Emmanuelle, GIROUX Christian, 2007, Le Rocher de Brion, histoire et archéologie d'...

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Educational helps

With the aim of getting the Geopark label, the Regional nature Park offers a discovery of nearby geology to the professors and their pupils. Indeed, this aspect doesn't only concern specialists and mustn't be seen in a specific way. The theme of geology may be understood through different methods : the study of a site, of course, but also the traditional architecture that uses local mate...

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Discovering the geosites

With the help of local geologists and academics, the Park identified different kind of geosites, which are notable thanks to their beautiful and educational qualities, and the fact that they are unusual. As they enable to understand the history of the earth, their discovery will also allow you to get a better knowledge of the history of Man.    

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Découvrir les sites géoculturels

Sur tout le territoire, l'homme a puisé dans le sol pour modeler le relief, participant ainsi à la grande création des paysages qui avait débuté des millions d'années avant son arrivée. Prélevant des granites ou des schistes pour contrer la pente, il est devenu un acteur géologique. A travers les maisons de basalte ou de granite, les toits de lauze en phonolite ou en schiste, il est aujo...

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Géoscience et protection

Geoscience and protection It is the third important pillar developed by the Geoparks, with tourism and education. The Monts d'Ardèche Regional Nature Park chose to link geoscience and protection, as a better scientific knowledge of the sites is a key to direct and decide what must be done to protect geological wealth.  

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Histoire géologique de l'Ardèche

Une brève histoire de 550 millions d'années L'himalaya ardéchois (-550 à -300 Ma). L'histoire géologique de l'Ardèche remonte au Cambrien. A cette époque un océan qui sépare deux continents occupe une grande partie de l'Europe. C'est la fermeture de cet océan et la collision entre deux plaques continentales qui entraînent la surrection de la chaîne dite « hercynienn...

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The Chauvet Cave

The Chauvet Cave Situated in the South of Ardèche, nearby the Pont d'Arc, the Chauvet Cave was discovered on December 18th, 1994 by Jean-Marie Chauvet, Éliette Brunel and Christian Hillaire, as they were doing some private speological activites. Candidate to the Unesco World Heritage, the prehistoric cave of Vallon-Pont d'Arc has got three caracteristics which are unusual to find togeth...

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The protection of the sites

The geological heritage of the Park is vulnerable ! To preserve it, please do not leave the waymarked paths, do not destroy the rocks and do not take samples away !

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