3 points of interest
If you look closely at this grey rock, you will see that it is made of different minerals. Quartz (grey) and feldspar (white) sometimes big with a few sparkling areas here and there on the rock. This is black mica and more specifically biotite.You have discovered blocks of granite. All the minerals it is made up of are contiguous and visible with the naked eye. The texture is igneous, characteristic of plutonic rocks which crystallised deep in the earth.
Caïre Pounchu migmatiteMigmatite is a metamorphic rock which has undergone partial fusion. It is grey and also contains quartz and feldspar, but displays clearly clashing levels. The evidence for this partial fusion is displayed by the rock itself. The small lighter bands whose composition is close to granite, rich in quartz and feldspar: leucosome.
When you reach Lac Nègre, you will see on its right bank, several metres below the lake’s spillway, a granite outcrop which is notable for the presence of several vertical lines which split the granite into fairly regular lozenge shapes.
This corresponds to a transformation of the granite. There is a very particular structure with the apparition of cleavage and a big reduction in the size of the minerals. This phenomenon, characteristic of deformed rocks, is known as mylonite.
Take GR52 along the right bank of the Salèse Valley before reaching the Col de Salèse.
When you get there, follow the path which heads upwards on the right towards Lac Nègre.
At marker 270, go left and continue towards Lac Nègre with its panoramic views.
Take the same route for the return journey.
- Departure : Salèse carpark, marker 434
- Arrival : Salèse carpark, marker 434
- Towns crossed : Saint-Martin-Vésubie and Valdeblore
Office de Tourisme Métropolitain - Bureau d'information de Valdeblore - La Colmiane
La Colmiane, 06420 Valdeblore
04 93 23 25 90
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Information available at Saint-Martin-Vésubie Tourism Office.
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