Geografie 1998, 103, 101-107

Oronyms of Central European Mountains Divided by national boundaries

Jan Jeník

Katedra botaniky, Přírodovědecká fakulta UK, Benátská 2, 128 01 Praha 2, Czechia

A lot of confusion is encountered in coarse-scale maps in atlases from English speaking countries as regards oronyms of the mountains situated at the edge of the Bohemian Massif. Political and administrative boundaries often cut these regions. There is no general rule: either only trans boundary oronyms spelled in randomly chosen language are shown, or national oronyms along the political boundaries are used. The oronyms belonging to the "Bohemian Forest" take a number of different forms; in the "Ore Mountains" mostly the German name "Erzgebirge" is used. In the region along the Czech/German/Polish boundary the transboundary oronym "Sudetes" - in either of its four languague forms - is used.