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Upper Silesian Coal Basin (Polish: Górnośląskie Zagłębie Węglowe, GZW, Czech: Hornoslezská uhelná pánev) is a coal basin in Silesia in Poland and Czech Republic. It also contains a number of other minable resources (methane, cadmium, lead, silver and zinc). Resources of coal to a depth to 1000 meters - about 70 billion tons, the conditions for the extraction - good.

Industry areas within Upper Silesian Coal Basin:

  • Upper Silesian Industrial Region (Polish: Górnośląski Okręg Przemysłowy, GOP)
  • Rybnik Coal Area (Polish: Rybnicki Okręg Węglowy, ROW)
  • Ostrava-Karviná Coal Area (Czech: Ostravsko-karvinská uhelná pánev)
  • The Upper Silesian Coal Basin lies in the provinces of Upper Silesia and Zagłębie Dąbrowskie in southern Poland, in a highland located between the upper Vistula and the upper Oder rivers, as well as extending into the Moravian-Silesian Region in the Czech Republic. Upper Silesian Coal Basin include the Silesian metropolitan area, has a population of 5,294,000 (with 4,311,000 in Poland and 983,000 in the Czech Republic). Area: 5,400 km² (in Poland - 4,500 km², in Czech Republic - 900 km²).


  • (Polish) / (English) "Historia badań i stan rozpoznania hydrogeologicznego Górnośląskiego Zagłębia Węglowego" / "History and State of Hydrological Investigations of the Upper Silesian Coal Basin" - Andrzej Różkowski, University of Silesia, Katowice 2008, ISBN 978-83-226-1759-5
  • (Polish) "Geologia i bogactwa mineralne Górnego Śląska i obszarów przyległych" - Wiesław Gabzdyl & Marian Gorol, Silesian University of Technology 2009, ISBN 978-83-7335-561-3
  • References

    Upper Silesian Coal Basin Wikipedia

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