Lower Silesia – the land of extinct volcanoes

This is my first post and I thought I would write a curiosity about Lower Silesia! so let's start with the fact that, fortunately, they are volcanoes long extinct and now only with their form and many remnants resemble their younger cousins, such as Mount Etna. More precisely, they are located between Jawor and Jelenia Góra in Lower Silesia, in the region of the  Mountains and Kaczawski Foothills (near Sokolowsko). The oldest rocks that make up the Kaczawskie Mountains come from the Cambrian and are over 500 million years old. The volcanic landscape of the Kaczawskie Foothills can be admired thanks to the presence of basalt hills of former volcanoes. Geological processes, including earth movements and volcanic eruptions, have led to the creation of a huge wealth of valuable rocks and minerals. You can find here: pyrite, azurite, malachite, galena, native silver, agate, amethyst, rock crystal, ruby, zircon, garnet, corundum, topaz, tourmaline, titanite, emerald, gypsum and many others. There is even gold in river sediments.A popular attraction in this land is the Grodziec castle, which stands on a basalt mountain, a former volcano rising 389 meters above sea level. It is also worth visiting two nearby observation towers - the tower on the Basalt Mountain in Paszowice and the tower on Mount Radogost, from where there is a beautiful panorama of the Sudetes and the foothills. An observation tower is also available in Gozdno. Finally, I would like to add that the highest and the best-preserved volcano is Ostrzyca, also known as Proboszczownicka or Silesian Fujiama. There is a unique basalt barrage, which is covered with vegetation that is difficult to find anywhere else. It is protected by the Ostrzyca Proboszczowicka reserve. 

Izabela, from Poland, volunteer of European Solidary Corps in In Situ Foundation in Sokołowsko. 

This projects is co-funded by European Solidary Corps 

Author: European Volunteers in Poland

A blog curated by volunteers taking part in European Solidarity Corps initiative in Poland and coordinated by Active Woman Association

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