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Avesnois, Nord, Hauts-de-France, France

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 50° 7' 28'' North , 3° 55' 36'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 50.12444,3.92667
Name(s) in local language(s):Avesnois
Other/historical region names associated with this locality:Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Other regions containing this locality:Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

The term "Avesnois" is a territory designated "natural regional park" bounded on the north and east by the France-Belgium border, with the following border towns :
To the North : Maubeuge, Jeumont, Marpent
To the East : Solre le Château, Eppe Sauvage, Wallers-Trélon
South and west into the territory of French cities : Anor, La Capelle Landrecies, Le Quesnoy, Bavay delineate the contours of this tourist and wooded region.
The center of the polygon geographic city Avesnes on Helpe.
50°07’28’’N _ 03°55’36’’E.

Many ancient quarries or in operation are spread over the whole surface of the territory. The majority of them produced limestone used for roads or construction. Others produced sandstone, quartzite, marble and sand.

Here is a unfinished list of stone quarry (identified on map and field)

Maubeuge: ( Old quarry Huart = limestone )
Ferrière: la Petite ( Old quarry )
Ferrière: la Grande (Old quarry "SACRAT")
Marpent: ( Old quarry = limestone )
Jeumont: ( Old quarry of Watissart = sandstone )
Baives: (Old quarry )
Trelon: (Old quarry of Château Gaillard = limestone )
Trelon: (Old quarry of Moranjeux )
Wallers en Fagne: quarry of limestone
Fourmies: (Old quarry du Hauty)
Glageon:quarry "le Cailloit" =limestone
Feron:( Old quarry )
Liessies:(Old quarry in "le bois de l’Abbé" )
Avesneslles: ( Old quarry "Camp de César" )
Haut Lieu : quarry "Godin"
Saint Hilaire : quarry of limestone
Dompierre on Helpe : quarry of limestone
Bachant:( Old quarry )
Limont Fontaine : quarry of limestone
Etroeungt : ( Old quarry "du Parcq" )
Bellignies : quarry of limestone
Gussignies : ( Old quarry )
Houdain les Bavay : ( Old quarry )

Mineral List

8 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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66 - 145 Ma
Cretaceous sedimentary rocks

Age: Cretaceous (66 - 145 Ma)

Description: Paris Basin

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d. [18]

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