Natural regions of Saxony

The classification of natural regions of Saxony shown here was produced between 1994 and 2001 by a working group called "Ecosystem and Regional Character" (Naturhaushalt und Gebietscharakter) at the Saxonian Academy of Sciences in Leipzig as part of the research and development project "Natural Regions and Natural Region Potential of the Free State of Saxony" (Naturräume und Naturraumpotentiale des Freistaates) at a scale of 1:50,000 as the basis for the rural development and regional planning. This was also supported by the Saxon State Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture and the Saxon Ministry of the Interior.

The basis of the structure was a comprehensive, statewide compilation of the smallest physical geographic landscape units (physiotopes). These were aggregated into larger units (nano-geochores and micro-geochores) in an orderly way using the method of "natural region categories". For each of the micro-geochores that resulted from this, a 9-page document was produced. This was followed by mapping the regions in a series of 55 map sheets to a scale of 1:50,000 (the "Natural region map of Saxony") . In further stages, approximately 1,445 micro-geochores were aggregated into meso-geochores and these were eventually combined into 28 macro-geochores (see the list of natural regions in Saxony) . At the level of micro-geochore upwards, each natural area was given an individual designation, with any newly created names following certain conventions. The classification of macro-geochores into natural regions of a higher level was achieved using the so-called "Saxon natural regions", although they were also given their own proper names, but which largely followed political boundaries and practical subdivisions of more extensive landscape units.

The topography of Saxony

Saxony's natural regions and macro-geochores

See also


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