Landscapes and Landforms of Slovakia provides an attractive physiographical overview of the most prominent landscapes of Slovakia and the distinctive landforms associated with them. It describes the main driving factors leading to their evolution and importance for geoconservation and geotourism.
The richly illustrated book provides the reader with enjoyable and informative descriptions of the selected sites within their regional geographical and geological settings ranging from the Tatras Mts. with glacially shaped relief as the highest region in the Carpathians to caves and lowlands, taking into account fluvial, gravity-induced, karst and structural landscapes of Slovakia.
The book is organized into 3 parts: a) Introduction, which presents a general framework of the physical geography of Slovakia, b) Geomorphological landscapes, presenting papers dealing with key geomorphological areas, resp. landforms, c) Geoheritage and landscape protection, providing an updated vision on the geomorphological/geological heritage sites and landscape protection policy in Slovakia.
The book will be relevant to scientists, scholars and any readers interested in geomorphology, geology, physical geography, geoheritage, landscape tourism and environmental protection. It can be also used for undergraduate and graduate courses in Earth and environmental sciences.
Part I. Physical environment
2. Geology, tectonic development and morphostructures of Slovakia
3. Climate in the Past and Present in the Slovak Landscapes - the central European Context
4. Geomorphological history and geomorphological division of Slovakia
Part II. Landscapes and landforms
5. Unique glacial landscape on the roof of the Carpathians - Tatras Mts..
6. The longest and the most symmetrical mountain range of Slovakia - Nizke Tatry Mts.
7. Planation surfaces and graben structure - Male Karpaty Mts.
8. Moderately rugged relief of the Flysh Uppland - Nizke Beskydy Mts.
9. Relicts of vulcanic terrain of Slovenske stredohorie (Stiavnicke vrchy , Javorie, Polana, Cerova vrchovina Mts)
10. Polygenetic relief in the foreland of glacially sculptured mountains - Podtatranska kotlina basin:
11. Limestone klippen belt as atypical landforms in Flysh upplands
12. Results of tectonics and fluvial activity of intramountanous basins - Turcianska kotlina and Ziarska kotlina basins
13. Development and diversity of inland delta and adjacent promotions - Podunajska nizina lowland
14. Unique floodplain and eolian landforms - Zahorska nizina lowland
15. Fan-shaped drainage network, glacis and loess tables - Vychodoslovenska nizina lowland
16. Historical development of the large river pattern and people - Danube River
17. Unique braided-wandering river in Slovakia - Bela River
18. Fluvial imprints in Flysh valley bottoms - Topla and Ondava valleys
19. Surface and underground geodiversity of a karst region - Slovensky Karst Mts.
20. Slovak caves - differences in origin and landforms, and rich in records of landscapes evolution.
21. Gullies as importatnt geomorphic agent of the Slovak landscape during the LIA
22. Landslides in Slovakia - spatial diversity, activity and impacts on society
23. Travertine as spectacular surface landforms
Part III. Geoheritage and landscape protection
24. Geoheritage, protection and historical cultural landscape in Slovakia
25. Geotourism - promoting geodiversity to people