Hérault: Lac des Rives reappeared after nine years of absence on the Larzac plateau

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JM and correspondent

The extremely rare phenomenon occurred again after the Mediterranean episode that occurred on Saturday. On the Larzac, the last time the Lac des Rives appeared was in 2014… And since this weekend hundreds of people, locals but also visitors sometimes coming from far away, have come to contemplate the curiosity.

Sunday September 17, we could hear the exclamation: “Lac des Rives is out…”

Lac des Rives reappeared this weekend.

Lac des Rives reappeared this weekend.
Jerome Mouillot

But where did it come from? The heavy rains the day before helped to fill a small area of ​​the bottom of the tenement depression called “Le lac”, halfway to the village and the Combefère farm. On Monday, we noted the presence of dozens of curious people.

Lac des Rives reappeared this weekend.

Lac des Rives reappeared this weekend.
Jerome Mouillot

It is the convergence of several streams that form the temporary lake of “Las Aygas”. These three feeding areas come from the north (Combefère), the east (southern flank of the Roc de Servières) and the eastern flanks of the Caumarelles and Bouquelaure greenhouses.

Lac des Rives reappeared this weekend.

Lac des Rives reappeared this weekend.
Jerome Mouillot

The last small-scale formations date back to 2014 and 2004 while the lake was well filled in 1996 and then again at the end of 1997 when the water had not completely drained at the level of the sinkhole.

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