Mont Gerbier de Jonc, Saint-Martial

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Mont Gerbier de Jonc is a mountain of volcanic origin located in the Massif Central in France. It is made of a type of rock called phonolite. It rises to an altitude of 1551m, and its base contains three springs that are the source of the Loire, France's longest river. It is the second most-visited site in the département of Ardèche, after the Ardèche Gorges.Mont Gerbier de Jonc was formed 8 million years ago when a volcano erupted molten phonolite lava. The lava was too viscous to flow far and it cooled to form a lava dome of phonolite rock in the crater of the volcano. The lava dome has columnar jointing, which formed during cooling of the lava. The volcanic cone containing the lava dome was later eroded away, exposing the lava dome.
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  • sources of the places loire in Ardeche visit sources will see the shops of the restaurant of the place
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  • This mont Gerbier, is discovered by far, and its surroundings are worth the trip, even if you climb it not (we did when we were younger!). The Ardeche mountains are beautiful and before arriving at the haystack you can stop in various charming villages whose Antraigues. You will not fail to meet petanque players. A trip a day from the South of the Ardèche. Not to be missed. Guaranteed beautiful landscapes!
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  • If you're in the area and are you motivate then I you Council to go! Small very nice ride but not taken lightly because it can be dangerous!
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  • For lovers, like me, of nature it is an ideal place to eyes. Plan all the same what cover you (1551 m at the top) and shoes for the more adventurous who dare the ascent for those who prefer to taste the local products, a few stands at the foot of the mountain, will sell you delicious regional dishes.
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  • A beautiful walk/climb of over half an hour to the top of this mountain which is also the source of the Loire River. From the top you have a great 360 degree view. Very worth it! Sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
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  • What we have found here a hairpin bends! Very briefly, on each other, challenging and fun to do with the engine! The final piece to the top wasn't with the engine, but the view was really fantastic!
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  • Very nice landscape typical of this region. Besides it's the Source of the longest river French and the last river "wild" in Europe. I recommend for leases landscapes and nature lovers.
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  • Very beautiful climbing experience. To do with kids from 6-7 years.
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