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The Tarn Gorges is a canyon hollowed by the Tarn, between the Causse Mejean and the Causse of Sauveterre. These gorges are found mainly in the French department of Lozere, but are also visible in Aveyron.
The Tarn take his source to 1600 meters on Mont Lozère, and immediately at the exit of this granite mountain, the river approach the uplands of great causses. Tapped along its course by numerous torrents, the river has carved over the millennia a deep gash between trays of causse Méjean and Sauveterre. The crossing of this limestone area is done by an deep canyon of 400 to 600 m; the river has carved as time between Quézac and Le Rozier Lozère over a length of 53 km.
The climate is much less rough than on the plateaus surrounding the Tarn, mainly due to the altitude difference, sunshine is very important, the climate is Mediterranean.
In the skywe can observe several species of vultures :
- Egyptian Vulture (appeared all alone after a long period of absence).
- Griffon Vulture (reintroduces).
- Cinereous Vulture.
- Also noteworthy the presence of Short-toed Snake Eagle and Ortolan Bunting.
In water, the European beaver has been introduced and its population is growing fast.
The vast natural territory of the Tarn Gorges is protected by the Cévennes National Park, and the Regional Park of Great Causses.