Verdon Gorge .Provence, France

Verdon Gorge is located in the upper reaches of the river Verdon in the Alpes de Haute Provence, in the south-east of France.Verdon, in the end, falls into the river Durance, which merges with the Rhone at Avignon.Gorge can be reached by motorway from Marseille (about 129 km), or from Toulon (about 97 km).In the north-eastern extremity of the Alps, in the mountains of Provence originates Verdon River, fed by melting snow from the surrounding mountains.It flows south towards the coast about 48 km, before turning to the west, where another 48 km.It merges with the river Durance, a tributary of the Rhone at Avignon.Turning to the west, it enters into the Verdon Gorge, which is rapidly gaining speed and rushes to the canyon.Beach immediately become steeper, and in many places the gorge walls rise almost vertically.Separate the largest and most high cliffs are popular with rock climbers.

gorge length of 19 km, but in this short distance, it manages to reach a depth of 701 m. (From the edge to the water leve

l), so that it is the longest and deepest gorge in France.In some places it is also very narrow: the canyon wall separates no more than 198 m Despite the steep slopes of the gorge, the most intrepid explorers can take the path too far into the depths of the canyon..This trail gives the opportunity to admire the magnificent views of the gorge, besides overhanging bare rocks and turbulent rapids of the river under their feet - a visual reminder of the power of nature.

Anyone who does not want to risk, can still enjoy the views of the gorge from the road Cornish Sublim laid close to the edge of the gorge.The road on the other side of the canyon clung to the edge of the cliff.On both roads marked locations that offer the most picturesque view of the harsh limestone cliffs contrasting with the lush greenery over the gentle wooded slopes.

gorge cut through several powerful limestone formations, and in the surrounding limestone mountains are many caves.It is hard to imagine that the limestone is formed in the deep sea and contains the remains of countless billions of invertebrates, from whose calcareous shells and mostly it is.But that's about it and shows Gorge: as gradually rising limestone (as a result of the same geological process that raised the Alps), the river gets the opportunity to further erode its base, forming the canyon.

number of caves in the area suggests that this process is supplemented by the chemical destruction of limestone, but the evidence that emerged from the canyon system of underground caves that have hit a set, has not yet been found.