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6 Poprad Fen; regeneration after peat excavation

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Poprad Fen is a remnant of a large spring-fed mire between the towns of Poprad and Spišská Teplica. It is situated in the Poprad Basin, on the right side of the river Poprad. Poprad Fen is situated at an altitude of 680 m a.s.l. It is currently surrounded by housing complexes and agricultural fields, and is isolated from the river by the main road from Svit to Prešov. The geological base of the Poprad Basin consists of sand and claystone sediments of the central-Carpatian flysch. The southern part of the fen was completely destroyed in the 1980s, when a new urban settlement was built on and around the Poprad Fen. The field survey of the Poprad Fen was performed in the summers of 2002 and 2003. The flora and vegetation of the Poprad Fen was described by Šmarda and some time after the peat excavation and is well summarized.

Keywords: Šmarda; claystone sediments; peat excavation; Poprad Fen; Spišská Teplica



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