Ostrava Basin

Ostrava Basin near Palkovice

Ostrava Basin (Czech: Ostravská pánev, German: Ostrauer Becken, Polish: Kotlina Oświęcimska[1]) is a lowland, located in the eastern Czech Republic and southern Poland. It has the size of around 600 km2 (230 sq mi), of which 130 km2 (50 sq mi) in Poland.[2] Its name comes from the city of Ostrava. The coal deposits were discovered in the late 18th century, as a result in the 19th century the area was heavily industrialized, and henceforth urbanised. Its mean height is 244 m (801 ft) above sea level (between 188–333 m (617–1,093 ft) above sea level).[2]


  1. Prof. Jerzy Kondracki. Geografia fizyczna Polski. Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe. Warszawa. 1988. ISBN 83-01-02323-6
  2. 1 2 Panic, Idzi (2012). "Środowisko przyrodnicze. Podział fizyczno-geograficzny". Śląsk Cieszyński w czasach prehistorycznych [Cieszyn Silesia in the prehistory] (in Polish). Cieszyn: Starostwo Powiatowe w Cieszynie. p. 39. ISBN 978-83-926929-6-6.
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Coordinates: 49°50′N 18°22′E / 49.833°N 18.367°E / 49.833; 18.367

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