Initiatives have been set up to raise visitor awareness about environmental protection and to enable them to learn about our environment.
The Grand Massif domain is home to some incredible fauna including some species which are endemic to the area such as ibex, chamois, black grouse, lammergeier and rock ptarmigan.
From Monday to Friday, a nature specialist is based at the top of the DMC to share her passion and knowledge about the mountain environment with visitors of all ages.
This is a free service available to anyone.
The Platé Desert
The Platé Mountain owes its name to its vast stretches of gently sloping limestone, such as the Platé Desert or the Sales bowl.
Numerous fossils bearing witness to the mountain’s different origins are to be found on its vast flat surfaces.
The lapies or limestone pavements are indicative of these networks with their indented and engraved surfaces whose varied forms depend on the limestone’s texture, faults, gradient… This erosion is the result of water dissolving the limestone.
Rain water and melting snow have continuously sculpted these vast expanses of limestone since the end of the ice ages.
Taking advantage of the rocks’ weakness, water seeps into the cracks and faults, thereby creating caves and chasms deep down in the rock.
The “Platé Desert” is therefore aptly named. There is no water flowing on the surface. Only a handful of bodies of water can be seen on the surface, such as the “Laouchets de Platé”. Water flows underground, only emerging from the edge of the mountain when it reaches faulted or impermeable rock.