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Super-Sauze Landslide and Chapeau de Gendarme
WI_fr040_102.jpg Super-Sauze Landslide with Ubaye ValleyThumbnailsMușcel  |  Hillscape with landslides

The slopes surrounding the basin of Barcelonnette are characterized by the presence of black marl, susceptible to erosion, badlands formation, and landsliding when saturated with water. The Super-Sauze earth flow, which can be seen in the centre of this photo, has evolved in a dip slope of mainly black marl. It is directly connected to the stream network, with the potential to produce debris flows affecting the main valley. Therefore, the situation is monitored continuously. The prominent summit in the background is the Chapeau de Gendarme (2682), made of much harder limestone.

Thursday 2 September 2021 by Martin Mergili in Europe / France (222 visits)