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Causses

 

the name of a group of plateaus rising to an altitude of 1,200 m in the southern part of the Central Massif in France. The plateaus are formed from a thick series of thinly laminated limestone, which has been broken up into gentle folds. Karst formations (caves and small hollows) are widespread. The plateaus drop off steeply and are broken by deep (500–700 m) narrow river valleys. There are many underground springs. There is sparse, predominantly xerophytic, herbaceous and shrub vegetation. There are also occasional stands of oak, beech, and pine.

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On the French Causses, however, there are a few small 'coude' tombs in which the passage is set at an angle to the chamber, and the same is true of a handful of major tombs in the Carnac region of Brittany; in these the orientation (if any) intended by the builders is unclear, although the dual directions involved are far from random.
For example, the wonderful cheeses of the Rouergue region of France developed their famous blue veins in Bleu des Causses - which we also serve - simply by being stored in limestone caves.
Bleu des Causses is used extensively in the region's cooking, in omelets, pasta, and on potatoes.
Equidistant from the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, the Cahors area comprises stony, relatively arid land on the Causses (limestone plateaux) but also rich, fertile alluvial soil in the river valleys.
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