Zbiorniki wodne w kamieniołomach jako nowy element krajobrazu

Elżbieta Pietrzyk-Sokulska


Water reservoirs in quarries as a new element of landscape.
A b s t r a c t. The open-pit excavation of minerals results mainly in landscape transformation. In consequence,
a new anthropogenic landscape form occursarises, and its dimensions are increasing with the progress of excavation – at certain point, the resulting terrain changes become irreversible. The quarry, left abandoned after the mining process, can be filled with water and, thus, forms a water reservoir. This paper is focused on the analysis of a number of reservoirs which were established in closed gravel and limestone quarries in the area of Kraków. They were located in highly industrialized or environmentally valuable terrains. As time elapsed, both types became attractive leisure sites for nearby residents due to the natural succession of plants and high water quality. The complete usage of their values, through implementation of adequate rehabilitation and adaptation measures, would allow them to be sterling areas fulfilling certain functions, which constitute these reservoirs’considerable attractiveness and harmonious composition in the landscape.

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