L’œil Doux – émeraude légendaire…:-)

Le Gouffre de l’œil doux se trouve sur le littoral Audois, à proximité de la station balnéaire de Fleury d’Aude, dans le Massif de la Clape. Il s’agit d’une curiosité géologique assez spectaculaire, unique en Europe: une étendue d’eau vert-émeraude, dont la profondeur est d’environ 14m. Au pied des hautes falaises de calcaire se trouve un petit lac circulaire qui avait la réputation d’entraîner par le fond ceux qui osaient s’y baigner, et des légendes anciennes ont insisté sur le caractère maléfique de cet endroit. L’eau du lac est douce, ce qui est assez étonnant car “l’œil doux” est situé à moins d’un km de la Méditerranée. L’origine de cette résurgence d’eau remonte sûrement à l’ère tertiaire, elle est née de l’effondrement du plafond d’une des nombreuses galeries situées sous la Clape.

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L’Oeil Doux – legendary emerald…

The Chasm of the mild eye is on the seacoast of Aude, nearby the resort of Fleury d’Aude, in the Massif de la Clape. This is a geological curiosity, quite spectacular and unique in Europe: an emerald-green expanse of water, whose depth is about 14m. At the foot of high limestone cliffs, there is a small circular lake that was known to cause the sinking to the bottom of those who dared to swim, and ancient legends have emphasized the evil character of this place. Its water is fresh, which is quite surprising because “the soft eye” is situated less than 1km away from the Mediterranean. The origin of this resurgence of water probably dates back to the Tertiary period, it showed up after the collapse of the ceiling of one of the many galleries located beneath the Clape.

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Posted on 16 August 2015, in melanie. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. An interesting phenomenon with an intriguing history around it. I like the old legends that are handed down from these quirks of Nature. Enjoyed your post, Melanie.

  2. We have noticed this phenomena of green water around the base of the Vercors Plateau in Rhone Alps… but this place is something else again and it is good to read a proper explanation as to the why.

  3. It’s always a treat to be “taken” to places of natural beauty which one will probably never get to see for oneself. If it isn’t protected already, such a unique treasure should be in a national park or similar sanctuary, safe from commercial exploitation.

  4. la couleur émeraude est extra!

  5. So beautiful and mysterious!

  6. je ne connaissais pas Fleury d’Aude, mais par contre je connais Fleury Mérogis.

  7. So beautiful, and fascinating!

  8. Strange place… I would thought it had medicinal properties, but that would make it an overcrowded place. Gracias Mélanita cabrita 🙂

  9. Beautiful photos of a fascinating subject.

  10. Very interesting, Melanie. Leslie

  11. fascinating place, and lovely shots.

  12. looks like a cool and refreshing gift 🙂

  13. C’est superbe, Mélanie! Bonne et agréable soirée! ❤ 🙂

  14. This is fantastic, Melanie! Always a pleasure to see your posts and your big smile at the playground! 🙂

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