ⓘ Causses

                                     

ⓘ Causses

The Causses are a group of limestone plateaus in the Massif Central. They are bordered to the north-west by the Limousin and the Perigord uplands, and to the east by the Aubrac and the Cevennes. Large river gorges cut through the plateau, such as the Tarn, Dourbie, Jonte, Lot and Aveyron. Causse is an Occitan word meaning "limestone plateau".

Arranged from the north-west to the south-east, the following plateaus are found:

  • the Causse de Martel Lot
  • the Causses du Quercy
  • the Causse de Limogne Lot
  • the Causse correzien Correze
  • the Causse de Gramat Lot
  • the Causse de Severac Aveyron
  • the Causse du Larzac Aveyron and Herault
  • the Causse du Comtal Aveyron
  • the Causse Rouge Aveyron
  • the Causse Noir Aveyron
  • the Causse Mejean Lozere
  • the Grands Causses
  • the Causse de Sauveterre Lozere
  • Causse de Mende
  • Causse de Changefege
  • notable smaller causes" petite causses” nearby
  • Causse de Blandas
  • Causse-Begon

Many sites on the Causses are included in Natura 2000, notably the Parc Naturel Regional des Grands Causses on the Larzac, Mejean, and Noir plateaus. The Causses and the Cevennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2011.