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. Landscapes and Landforms of the Czech Republic 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 Nizky and Hruby Jesenik Mountains). The final chapters of the book discuss the issues of the protection of geomorphic heritage in the Czech Republic.
Tomas Panek received his Doctorate in Physical Geography and Geoecology at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2008. He has been employed at the University of Ostrava (Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology) since 2000. He has reviewed for and published several papers in journals such as Landslides, Geomorphology and Natural Hazards. Jan Hradecky received his Doc. in Physical Geography and Geoecology at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2009. At the University of Ostrava, Faculty of Science, he has been the head of the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology since 2011. He has reviewed papers for journals such as Geografiska Annaler, Geografie Moravian Geographical Reports and others. He published several papers in journals such as Landslides, Natural Hazards, Geomorphology and others.
Introduction.- Geology and tectonic development of the Czech Republic.- Climate in the past and present in the Czech Lands (Central European Context).- Long-term geomorphological history of the Czech Republic.- The geomorphological evolution and environmental hazards of the Prague area.- The Bohemian Karst: A condensed record of landscape and living nature evolution.- Brdy Highland: A landscape shaped in the periglacial zone of Quaternary glacials.- Bohemian Forest: landscape and people on the frontier.- Morphology of the youngest little volcanoes in western Bohemian Massif.- The Krusne hory Mountains - the longest mountain range of the Czech Republic.- Elbe Sandstones.- Neovolcanic terrain of the Ceske Stredohori Mountains.- The Kokorin Area: Sandstone Landforms Controlled by Hydrothermal Ferruginization.- Jizerske hory - an Interplay of Rock Control, Faulting and Inland Glaciation in the Evolution of a Granite Terrain.- Krkonose Mountains: a case study of polygenetic relief.- Bohemian Paradise: Sandstone Landscape in the Foreland of a Major Fault.- Adrspach-Teplice Rocks and Broumov Cliffs - Large Sandstone Rock Cities in the Central Europe.- Zdarske vrchy Highland - geomorphological landscape in the top part of the Bohemian-Moravian Highland with the unique crystalline rocks forms.- The Dyje canyon-like valley: geomorphological landscape of deep valley at the eastern part of marginal slope of the Bohemian Massif.- The Moravian Karst: An interconnection between surface and subsurface natural sceneries.- Region of the Rychlebske hory Mountains - tectonically controlled landforms and unique landscape of granite inselbergs (Sudetic Mountains).- Periglacial landforms of the Hruby Jesenik Mountains.- Litovelske Pomoravi - landscape around anastomosing river pattern.- The Nizky Jesenik - Highland with Abandoned Deep Mines.- Black land: The mining landscape of the Ostrava-Karvina region.- Poodri - Landscape of Ponds and a Preserved Meandering Belt of the Odra River.- Landslide Landscape of the Moravskoslezske Beskydy Mountains and Their Surrounding.- Straznicke Pomoravi - Holocene evolution of unique floodplain and aeolian landforms.- Limestone Klippen of the Pavlov Hills.- Geomorphological heritage and geoconservation in the Czech Republic.- Promoting geomorphological heritage: bringing geomorphology to people.