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The Glass Walkway


Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine

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200m of void under your feet.

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Maison de la truffe du languedoc

Renseignement : 04 68 26 14 22

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Web : www.maisondelatruffedulanguedoc.com

 

Moulin à Vent de Villeneuve Minervois

Renseignement : 04 68 26 57 56

Web : www.moulin-benazeth.fr

Adresse : Le moulin 11160 Villeneuve Minervois

Abbaye de Caunes Minervois

Renseignement : 04 68 78 09 44

Web : www.mairiedecaunes.fr

Adresse : Abbaye romane 11160 Caunes Minervois

Les 4 châteaux cathares de Lastours

Renseignement : 04 68 77 56 02

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Web : www.chateauxlastours.lwd.fr

Le Moulin à papier

Renseignement : 04 68 26 67 43

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Web : www.moulinapapier.com

Adresse : 11390 Brousses et Villaret

Le marbre Rouge à Caunes Minervois

Renseignement : 06 80 96 22 26

Web : www.marbrerouge.com

Adresse : AGE Marbres Rouges de France
Garrigue Château Villerambert
11160 Caunes Minervois

Canal du midi à Carcassonne

Renseignement : 06 80 47 54 33 – 04 68 71 61 26

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Web : www.carcassonne-croisiere.com

Le musée des dinosaures

Renseignement : 04 68 74 26 88 - 04 68 74 02 08

Web : www.dinosauria.org

Adresse : Musée des dinosaures à Espéraza

L'olibo l'odyssée de l'Olivier

Renseignement : 04 68 41 88 84

Web : www.loulibo.com

Adresse : Cave Coopérative l’Oulibo
4 hameau de Cabezac
11120 Bize Minervois

Abbaye de Fontfroide

Renseignement : 04 68 45 11 08

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Web : www.fontfroide.com

Terra Vinéa

Renseignement : 04 68 48 64 90

Web : www.terravinea.com

Adresse : Terra Vinéa
Chemin des plâtrières
11490 Portel des Corbières

Châteaux de Queribus et Peyrepertuse

Renseignement : 04 68 45 03 69

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Web : www.cucugnan.fr

Renseignement : 06 71 58 63 36

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Web : www.chateau-peyrepertuse.com

Train du Pays Cathare et du Fenouillèdes

Renseignement : 04 68 20 04 00

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Geo500_riviere_CabrespineRiver

Like most of the great caves, Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine was carved out by waters through the limestone massif.

The river of La Clamoux disappears just before the exit of the village of Cabrespine, and nearly during 10 months per year, downstream, it only becomes a pebble river since the water flows into the Gouffre, to the great displeasure of the inhabitants of the villages located downstream who had deplored this capture of water since the Middle Ages.Popular legends had it that waters used to flow out above Lastours, at the resurgence of Le Prestil. A proof of this is the fact that ducks crossing the underground river had disappeared near Gaougnas would have appeared again in the water currents close to the Cathar Castles of Lastours.

Sure and indisputable is the colouring of waters with fluorescein carried out by speleologists. To date, the underground river has been traced and partially explored on a distance of 17 kilometres approximately. Attempts were even made to dive under wetted roofs but nobody could follow completely the “duck way”.

The underground river situated at the bottom of the Gouffre is already 36m lower than the water capture. Its important flow is between 320m³ and 350m³ above the lowest water level. It certainly increases, however in small proportions, when La Clamoux is in flood.


To reach Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine, follow the signposts from the motorway A61.
Exit “Carcassonne Ouest”, direction “Mazamet”
Exit “Carcassonne Est”, direction “Mazamet”
From the Medieval city or the city of Carcassonne, follow signposts “Mazamet”
Follow signposts “Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine / Abbaye de Caunes Minervois”
GPS coordinates Cabrespine: 43°:21’33.58”N
Longitude: 2°27’25.54”E

04 68 26 14 20 (opening time) 04 68 26 14 22 (24/7)

Geo500_creusement_CabrespineCarving out

Variations in the flow of La Clamoux have no consequence in the bottom of the Gouffre, and this is due to the absorbent fissures, filled with sand, that regulate the flow. These natural filters permit to provide high quality drinking water at the bottom of the Gouffre.

After leaving the impermeable rocks, the water of La Clamoux is absorbed in the limestone fissures. So, nowadays, the cave is still being carved out, but we must imagine that this phenomenon of loss when it in contact with limestone is old and dates back to several millions of years. In those times, the valley of Cabrespine was not much carved out and the level of the river Clamoux had nearly the same altitude as the car park of the Gouffre, that is to say 200m higher than it is today.

That explains why the subterranean gorge had been carved out on such a height and the fantastic heights of the Gouffre Géant. What happened at the beginning of the carving out
phase?

And how can we explain the formation of the great chamber of the Gouffre? Water probably arrived from the “Red Chambers” and flew out through the black hole situated to the left of the entrance tunnel (the hole can be easily seen from the metal bridge). The vertical erosion already unblocked the great chamber since the debit of La Clamoux was much higher than the present-day debit. As waters were penetrating little by little, they used different more or less parallel ways. However, below, the immense vault alleviated from the water pressure has consequently found its balance again in accordance with the requirements of the types of rocks. As the water flow was reducing, the Gouffre looked like a mushroom, a classical shape known by all karstologists. The extraction of materials was so important that, in spite of collapse and rebalancing of the roofs and walls, the way of the underground river could be accessible for speleologists.

They followed kilometres of galleries which lie on different levels, intersect on nearly an altitude of 200m. The volume excavated by waters represents several dozens of millions of m³.