Acta Geographica Silesiana, [T.] 1 (2007), s. 41-44
The paper presents anthropogenically conditioned aeolian processes in old and new industrialised areas in the Silesian Upland. Old industrialised areas include the northern and eastern part of the upland, where in the past mining and metallurgy of silver and lead ores functioned, whereas new industrialized areas occur in the central and eastern part of the upland and they are connected with exploitation of black coal and sand as well as with metallurgy of zinc and lead ores (fig. 1).
Human interference consisted mainly in forest cutting for different needs – mining and metallurgy of zinc and lead ores, next building of draining galleries and timber lining, and finally – stowing sand exploitation for black coal mines.
Therefore in both cases old and new industrialized areas the development of aeolian processes was anthropogenically conditioned. Human being created advantageous conditions to aeolian processes development, in a natural way giving these areas „desert” character and causing the formation of specific new circulation of sandy material (photo 1).