Geografie 1997, 102, 279-287

Mining and its lasting effects in the undermined Karviná part of the Ostrava basin

Jan Havrlant

Katedra sociální geografie, Přírodovědecká fakulta OU, Hladnovská 9, 710 00 Ostrava, Czechia

The Czech mining industry has undergone a deep transformation and a damping down. In the year 1996, quality black coal is only mined in the Karviná part of the Ostrava basin and in one colliery in the Frýdek-Místek part of the basin. The used caving technology of underground extraction, however, caused a number of ecological and economic problems in the Karviná region. The question of the future of coal mining and the consequent negative effects on the local countryside are connected with numerous factors. A more extensive application of new laws concerning the protection of environment, the prices of imported coal, and other factors come to the fore in the economy of coal mining.