Aiguillon (Cèze)

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Marmite geant.jpg
Rock formation in Les Concluses
Country France
Physical characteristics
Main source Cévennes
44°08′54″N 4°18′52″E / 44.1484°N 4.3145°E / 44.1484; 4.3145
River mouth Cèze
44°11′42″N 4°29′02″E / 44.1951°N 4.4840°E / 44.1951; 4.4840Coordinates: 44°11′42″N 4°29′02″E / 44.1951°N 4.4840°E / 44.1951; 4.4840
Length 22 km (14 mi)
Basin features
Progression CèzeRhôneMediterranean Sea

The Aiguillon is a river in southern France, a tributary of the Cèze.[1] It is the departments of Gard, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. The source of the River Aiguillon is on Mont Bouquet, west of Lussan. It flows through Lussan, Les Concluses, Goussargues where it joined by the Merderis and it flows into the Cèze upstream of La Roque-sur-Cèze.[2]

Les Concluses[edit]

The Aiguillon goes dry during the summer, but has carved out a rocky gorge called Les Concluses on the limestone plateau. From a viewpoint high above, the gorge is riddled with deep geological structures known as marmites des géants (potholes). In summer it is popular with walkers, who follow the water course under the steeply overhanging limestone valley sides. The walls of the gorge have many climbing routes of an average 8a difficulty. Similarly, the walls of the valley contain many caves and potholes . The largest one is the "Baume du Biou," or the Grotto of the Ox.