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Title: Change the number of water reservoirs in the selected cities of the Upper Silesian Agglomeration over the period 1993-2014
Authors: Dąbrowska, Dominika
Dąbrowski, Jan
Keywords: Upper Silesia; water bodies; hydrography; anthropogenic lake district
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: "Environmental & Socio-economic Studies", 2015, Vol. 3, iss. 2, s. 23-29
Abstract: The Upper Silesian Agglomeration is the most industrialized area in Poland and one of the most in Europe. It is situated in the eastern part of the Upper Silesia and covers nearly 1500 km2. This region is highly diverse in terms of the spatial structure. There are lots of water reservoirs besides built-up areas and industrial facilities. Many of them have also significance for nature. Water reservoirs in the Upper Silesian Agglomeration function under anthropogenic conditions. Water reservoirs have a different size and the genesis. This kind of occurrence conditions influences the water reservoirs` state. There are mainly water reservoirs of anthropogenic character in a study area. A lot of water reservoirs are strictly connected with coal exploitation in this region. Unfortunately, the number of water reservoirs in the cities of the Upper Silesian Agglomeration has lately decreased. Reservoirs are eliminated as a result of changes in industry, progressive land development, changes in environmental conditions. In this paper we present the results of the number of water reservoirs analysis in Katowice, Sosnowiec and Chorzów over the period 1993-2014. Field studies and analysis of topographic maps show a decrease in the number of water reservoirs in this region by tens of percent.
DOI: 10.1515/environ-2015-0059
ISSN: 2354-0079
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