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Added in: march 2006
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Geology site description:

The famous site 'Mur du douaniers' in Vireux (North France), is since 15 years a protected site. Fossil trilobites from the lower eifelian (part of the middle Devonian period) have been found here.

This site is famous for its wonderfull and complete trilobites. Now it is a protected area. Information panels are present.

Collecting fossils is strictly forbidden here! Social control is enormous, so do not collect here! It is still a very interesting site to visit.

The protected site.
Added by: Frederik on 22-03-2012

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Vireux is located in the north of France, close to the Belgian border. From Givet go south along the Maas river. After you pass the 'Trois fontaines' quarries, go right in direction Vireux - Couvin, along the Viroin river.

In the village of Vireux-Molhain, just before 'Cité du Maroc', you will see the reserve at your right (see photograph).

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Museum: Musée des minéraux, roches et fossiles des Ardennes
Museum: Musee du Marbre

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