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Statotype Givétien [French]

Geology Guide
By: Denise Brice(Editor), Patrick De Wever(Preface By)
268 pages, 197 colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations and colour & b/w maps, 12 tables, includes CD-ROM
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Language: French

The Pointe de Givet, a kind of intrusion of the French border into Belgium in the north-east of France, offers magnificent landscapes along the valley of the river Meuse. They contrast singularly with those of the French Ardennes to the south and the Famenne in the Belgian Ardenne to the north, which are relatively monotonous. These reliefs caught the early attention of men, such as Charles Quint and Vauban, who knew how to use them for military purposes and built fortifications there, such as the "fort de Charlemont" on the left bank of the Meuse and the "Mont d'Haurs" on the right bank.

In 1879, the eminent geologist Jules Gosselet linked these reliefs to the structure of the subsoil and introduced the stage name Givetian for the escarpments of the banks of the Meuse, south of Givet, under the fortress of Charlemont. This geological stage, internationally recognized and adopted by the entire scientific community, is here discussed amd the objects it contains are presented: rocks, various and numerous fossils, reefs, reliefs, caves ..., the men who discovered, described or explained them, the monuments erected from these frozen rocks; all this contributes to highlight the richness of the geological heritage of this region which deserves to be preserved.

The geologist's time is divided into stages defined by the fossils they contain. In order to establish universal references, certain sites where the geological layers corresponding to these levels are referred to as "stratotypes". The purpose of the Geological Heritage Collection is to publish summaries on each of the stratotypes located in France.

Summary in French:
La Pointe de Givet, sorte d’intrusion de notre frontière dans la Belgique au nord-est de la France, offre des paysages magnifiques le long de la vallée de la Meuse. Ils contrastent singulièrement avec ceux, relativement monotones, de l’Ardenne française au sud et de la Famenne en Ardenne belge au nord. Ces reliefs ont retenu très tôt l’attention d’hommes, tels Charles Quint et Vauban, qui surent les utiliser à des fins militaires en y édifiant des fortifications. Il s’agit du « fort de Charlemont », en rive gauche de la Meuse et du « Mont d’Haurs » en rive droite.

En 1879, l’éminent géologue Jules Gosselet relia ces reliefs à la structure du sous-sol et introduisit le nom d’étage Givétien pour les escarpements des bords de Meuse, au sud de Givet, sous la forteresse de Charlemont. Cet étage, internationalement reconnu et adopté par toute la communauté scientifique, mérite qu’on s’y attarde pour présenter les objets qu’il renferme : roches, fossiles divers et nombreux, récifs, reliefs, grotte…, les hommes qui les ont découverts, décrits ou expliqués, les monuments édifiés à partir de ces roches givétiennes, afin de contribuer à mettre en valeur la richesse du patrimoine géologique de cette région à préserver.

Le temps du géologue est divisé en étages définis par les fossiles qu’ils contiennent. Afin d’établir des références universelles, certains sites où les couches géologiques correspondant à ces étages affleurent ont été qualifiés de « stratotypes ». La collection Patrimoine géologique a pour objet de publier des synthèses sur chacun des stratotypes situés en France.

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Geology Guide
By: Denise Brice(Editor), Patrick De Wever(Preface By)
268 pages, 197 colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations and colour & b/w maps, 12 tables, includes CD-ROM
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