Guide géologique - Ain

Guide géologique - Ain

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This guide will be the ideal companion for your walks in the Ain department, an invitation to discover this country through its geology.

Learn how to read a landscape through its relief, rocks, vegetation and dinosaur footprints. Each guide in this full-colour collection offers: a brief geological history of the area it explores; a selection of detailed, accessible and original itineraries that will delight you with their diversity of natural curiosities; a selection of discovery sheets.


The Ain département offers a wealth of opportunities for geological exploration. Its territory is diverse: the lowlands of the Bresse divide to the west, comprising Bresse to the north and the Dombes plateau to the south, are contrasted with the Jura mountain range and its mid-mountain relief to the east, culminating at 1,718 m at Crêt de la Neige, flanked by the Pays de Gex at the start of the Lake Geneva basin. It is in these rock formations that numerous dinosaur footprints have been discovered, revealing the geological history of the department in a whole new light. These discoveries provide an opportunity to talk about a little-known science, ichnology, a branch of geology that deals with fossil footprints and traces.

This guide offers 10 geological walking routes, with geological interpretation of the Bresse region from Mount Myon, the Ain gorges, the Nantua cluses, the Orvaz cirque, the Crêt de la Neige ascent, the Valserine losses, the tour of the Cernon waterfalls, Izieu and Marchamp. You'll also discover some exceptional dinosaur-track sites: Villette, Dinoplagne, etc.

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Anonymous customer published the 13/12/2021 following an order made on 26/11/2021


Super ! Les circuits sont bien détaillés tout comme l'histoire géologique le tout parfaitement illustré. Me permet de découvrir le département avec un autre regard !

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Anonymous customer published the 06/10/2021 following an order made on 28/09/2021


Parfait, abondamment illustré de photos et schémas, ce livre nous fait redécouvrir sous un autre angle des lieux connus et moins connus du département.

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Anonymous customer published the 26/11/2020 following an order made on 26/10/2020


Très bien, circuits bien détaillés.

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