Causses

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Causse Mejean, Cevennes National Park, France.jpg
Causse Méjean in Massif Central, Cévennes National Park, France

Type Cultural
Criteria iii, v
Reference 1153
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 2011 (35th Session)
Doline in the causse de Sauveterre, Lozère.
Beige Limestone from the Causse in Lozère.

The Causses are a group of limestone plateaus (700–1,200 m) in the Massif Central. They are bordered to the north-west by the Limousin and the Périgord uplands, and to the east by the Aubrac and the Cévennes. Large river gorges cut through the plateau, such as the Tarn, Dourbie, Jonte, Lot and Aveyron. Causse is an Occitan word meaning "limestone plateau".

Arranged from the north-west to the south-east, the following plateaus are found:

Many sites on the Causses are included in Natura 2000, notably the Parc Naturel Régional des Grands Causses on the Larzac, Méjean, and Noir plateaus. The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2011.[1]

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Coordinates: 44°9′N 3°15′E / 44.150°N 3.250°E / 44.150; 3.250