In the Quercy, 300 phosphatières were mined and abandoned in the 19th century. Scientific research since then has revealed more than 170 paleontological sites containing fossils tracing the life and climates of the region over more than 30 million years. The site of the Phosphatières du Cloup d’Aural is the only one accessible by the public. It is located in the UNESCO World Geopark of the Quercy Causses and the Lot National Nature Reserve, the largest geological reserve in France. From April to November, a one-hour guided tour and interpretive trails allows you to discover it.
Type(s) de concrétions
Draperies - Eccentrics - Fistulous stalactites - Gours - Rice grain - Pots - Jellyfish concretion - Palm trees - Butterflies - Piles of plates - Pillars - Pine cones