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Is the Allier River the tributary to the River Loire, or the contrary?

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allier-panneau-eauvergnatThe Allier River (Occitan: Alièr) is a river in central France and a tributary to the River Loire. The Allier is not nicknamed “the largest river in France”, “the Kings’ river” either. Considering their length and their discharge before they join, some people however wonder which the tributary to the other is. Geographers have made their choice even though salmons have made the choice to sail up the Allier.

The Artière River – a Puy-de-Dôme department small river

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panneau Artière eauvergnatThis small watercourse rises up north Saint-Genès-Champanelle, near Puy de Chantrat, at 900 meters of altitude. Unfortunately, the Artière is partly hidden, like other rivers in Clermont-Ferrand (such as the Tiretaine River and the Bédat River). However, several constructions were made to enhance its course.

Auvergne – France’s Water Tower

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la-sioule The nickname « France’s Water Tower » could be given to the whole Massif Central (region in South-central France, consisting of mountains and plateaux), but is rather given to Auvergne. Why?

The name « France’s water tower » actually takes several aspects into consideration: the hydrological patrimony, the amount of precipitation and the number of natural springs in the region. Although water is very present in Auvergne, it is not distributed equally across the region.

La Landie Lake

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Lac landie eauvergnatLa Landie Lake is located 70 kilometres away from Clermont-Ferrand, in the Auvergne Regional Volcanic Nature Park. It has a remarkable panorama of the mountains. This is a 30-hectare lake which is exclusively devoted to fly fishing.

The Lakes Godivelle

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godivelle eauvergnatLa Godivelle is a small village located in the Cézallier Massif, up south the Dore Mountains, about 70km up south Clermont-Ferrand. It is part of the Auvergne Regional Volcanic Nature Park. La Godivelle is both the uppermost and the least populated commune in the department. There are 2 Lakes in La Godivelle – the Upper and the Lower.

Chaudes-Aigues

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La source du Par

In Auvergne, there are 10 spa towns. Here is Chaudes-Aigues which is among the most famous ones. Chaudes-Aigues is the most southern Auvergne’s spa town and is devoted to hot water sources. It is nestled in the ravine of Remontalou; that is to say at the junction of Mounts of Cantal, the Margeride and the Aubrac regions. The town is famous for its natural hot water sources that can reach a temperature of 82°C (= 179°F), making them the hottest water sources in Europe. However, there is more!

Saint Flour l’Etang : a small Puy de Dôme village

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saint-flour-letang-mini-topSaint Flour L’Etang is the name of a Puy-de-Dôme small village. It is located in the Parc naturel régional du Livradois Forez. As its French name suggests – “étang” is the French for “pond”, water there is everywhere. There are two ponds, wells, watercourses (the Dore and the Miodet), etc. This article will introduce the village and its surrounding area to you.

The Tiretaine River – the River that runs through Clermont-Ferrand

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vtiretaineClermont-Ferrand has many reasons for attracting people but the city definitely lacks water. The sea does not border Clermont and no river runs through it. A group has even been created on Facebook claiming “Clermont-Ferrand next to the sea!” If only they knew! There is a river running through Clermont-Ferrand! The Tiretaine is the Clermont’s biggest river. It has an average discharge of 10.5 cu ft/s. Unfortunately, it is often hidden and therefore almost invisible in the eyes of tourists.

Fœhn wind in the Chaîne-des-Puys

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foehn-puy-de-domeThe Puy-de-Dôme department is one of the French departments in which the climate varies the most. The department is located at the edge of both oceanic and continental climates; however the climate varies because of relief especially. In Puy-de-Dôme, it can be raining in the Livradois mountains while it is not in Clermont-Ferrand. This is explained by Fœhn wind.

Water in the Massif du Sancy

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vallee-chaudefour-3-eauvergnat-topThe Massif du Sancy is a volcanic mountain mass located in the Massif Central, in the middle of Auvergne, more precisely in the Puy de Dôme department, by thirty kilometres at the South of Clermont-Ferrand. Water there is everywhere, whatever the mountainside is: you cannot miss it.

Waterfalls, springs and watercourses, even peat bogs: water is omnipresent. Thus the following question: why does the Massif du Sancy enjoy such a hydrography?