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The Landscape Park of the Opawskie Mountains

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This park comprise the northern slopes and the piedmont of the Opawskie Mountains In the south-Western part of Opolskie Province, near the border with the Czech Republic.  The highest peak, Biskupia Kopa (889 m.a.s.l.) has an interesting geological structure and it abounds in many natural peculiarities.  Many kinds of rock and geological forms can be found here. The Biskupia Kopa massif is built of Devonian sedimentary rocks – sandstone and slate. Many picturesque excavations have remained after their exploitation, such as Gwarkowa Perć, Piekiełko, Morskie Oczko. The best-preserved slate outcrops can be admired in the Karliki rocks, Gwarkowa Perć and in the inactive Dewon quarry near Jarnołtówek. There are more than 500 species of vascular plants, including 35 protected ones, and 163 species of protected animals in park. The following forest reserves have been created here: Cicha Dolina (Quite Valley) with pure beech stand in the Bystry Potok Valley, Las Bukowy (Beech Forest) on the northern slope of Góra Parkowa on the Biała Głuchołaska River, and the geological-landscape reserve Nad Białką (At the Białka) with relics of old gold mining, such as the shafts remaining after the opencast exploitation of pebbles and gold-bearing sands in the 12th and 13th century.

Source: Tourists Attractions  of Opole Silesia, pub. Oficyna Piastowska

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