2015, Approx. 350 p. 200 illus., 80 illus. in color.
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Shows high geomorphic diversity of the Central European landscape
Brings modern information on geomorphosites
Enables comparison of landforms of the Bohemian Massif and the Western Carpathians
The main aim of the work is to present the unique geomorphic landscapes of the Czech Republic. Geomorphic uniqueness of this country benefits mainly from the contact of two distinct European geological domains – the old cratonized Bohemian Massif and the relatively young Tertiary fold-and-thrust belt of the Western Carpathians. The book is introduced by general physiographical characteristics of the landscape as well as by main driving factors leading to the evolution of the present landscape. The core of the book contains 22 sub-chapters describing the most interesting geomorphic landscapes of the Czech Republic. The selection of individual landscapes was based on visual exceptionality (e.g. sandstone landscapes of the Northern Bohemia), scientific importance (e.g. patterned grounds in the Sudetic Mountains) or historical relevance (e.g. mining underworld of the Nízký and Hrubý Jeseník Mountains). The final chapters of the book discuss the issues of the protection of geomorphic heritage in the Czech Republic.
From the Contents: Geological and tectonic background.- Climate past and present.- Long-term geomorphological history.- Geomorphological regions.- Glacial landforms and planation surfaces of the Krkonoše Mountains.- Glacial cirques and lakes in the Šumava Mountains.- Fault scarp of the Rychlebské hory Mountains.- Granite landforms of the Žulová region.- Patterned grounds in the Krkonoše Mountains – legacy of periglacial climate.- Pleistocene periglacial blockfields and patterned grounds in the Sudetic Mountains.- Huge fossil rockslides at the fault – related slope of the Krušné hory Mts. – evidence of Pleistocene earthquakes?.- Dyje canyon – evolution of valleys at the marginal slope of the Bohemian Massif.- Žďárské vrchy Mountains – rock towns in crystalline rocks.