Causses

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Causses
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Causse Mejean, Cevennes National Park, France.jpg
Causse Méjean in Massif Central, Cévennes National Park, France
LocationMassif Central, France
Part ofThe Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape
CriteriaCultural: (iii)(v)
Reference1153rev
Inscription2011 (35th Session)
Coordinates44°9′N 3°15′E / 44.150°N 3.250°E / 44.150; 3.250Coordinates: 44°9′N 3°15′E / 44.150°N 3.250°E / 44.150; 3.250
Causses is located in France
Causses
Location of Causses in France

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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