Geografie 2003, 108, 101-114

Using GIS to detect neotectonics in the Vsetínské vrchy Mountains and in their surroundings

Michal Bíl

Katedra geoinformatiky, Přírodovědecká fakulta UP, tř. Svobody 26, 771 46 Olomouc, Czechia

This paper discusses the advantages of GIS and numerical analysis in neotectonic studies. An accurate DEM is important for numerous geomorphic and hydrologic applications, particularly over large areas. The method is illustrated on the DEM of the Vsetínské vrchy Mountains, a 367 square km large area in the east of the Czech Republic. Comparing geological maps with large-scale morphometry shows a relationship between the rock resistance and topography. On average, higher mean elevations and steep slopes correlate well with regions of hard bedrock geology. The results together with new geological and geophysical findings show that the evolution of this part of the Outer Western Carpathian topography was proceeding continually. There is no reason to assume the presence of any periods of tectonic standstill here. The topographic relief probably has experienced the state of dynamic equilibrium.