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Underground of the Czech Republic

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Course Unit Code541-3512/01
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated4 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory type B
Level of Course Unit *Second Cycle
Year of Study *First Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredSummer Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionEnglish
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
MAR31prof. Ing. Marian Marschalko, Ph.D.
KUB0247Ing. Jan Kubáč, Ph.D.
Students will be acquainted with the characteristics and classification of underground spaces, first at the municipal level and then at the level of application of specific interesting localities in the Czech Republic. The first part of the subject introduces students to the classification and typology of underground spaces. They will also teach students to recognize and describe different types of anthropogenic or natural underground spaces. It also introduces graduates to basic organizations in the Czech Republic. The largest part of the course is devoted to specific examples of the underground of the Czech Republic, with students gradually getting acquainted with these localities in individual regional parts of the Czech Republic.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
The aim of the subject is to teach students to work with information about selected localities with underground spaces in the Czech Republic. This knowledge brings very valuable geoscience information, which is the subject of study in the field of geoscience and industrial tourism and which the graduate can use in his geotouric practice. The student will learn to work in such a way that if he encounters a certain type of underground in his tourist practice, he will be able to use the principle of analogy of information obtained in the subject. The newly visited place can characterize and present on the basis of analogous information from the discussed localities in the Czech Republic.
Course Contents
1. Typology of the underground
2. Basic characteristics of anthropogenic underground (mining works, military constructions, cellars and underground factories), tunnel transport constructions, collectors and natural underground (caves, pseudo-karst and others)
3. Speleological organizations (cave administration of the Czech Republic and the Czech Speleological Society)
4. Map of the underground of the Czech Republic
5. Selected underground localities of Prague and Central Bohemia
6. Selected underground localities of southern Bohemia and Šumava
7. Selected underground localities of western Bohemia
8. Selected underground localities of the Ore Mountains and the Ore Mountains
9. Selected underground localities of northern Bohemia
10. Selected underground localities of Eastern Bohemia
11. Selected underground localities of Vysočina
12. Selected underground localities of northern Moravia and Silesia
13. Selected underground localities of South Moravia
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
BARTÁK, J., HRDINA, I., ROMANCOV, G., ZLÁMAL, J.: Underground Space - The 4th Dimension of Metropolises, Three Volume Set +CD-ROM: Proceedings of the World Tunnel Congress 2007 and 33rd ITA/AITES Annual General Assembly, Prague, May 2007. CRC Press 2007, 2064 s. ISBN 978-10-0000-679-7
BARTÁK, J.: Underground construction in the Czech Republic. Praha: SATRA 2007, 318 s. ISBN 978-80-239-8569-6
NEGRO, A., Marlísio, O., C., Jr.: Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground: Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Grounds (IS-São Paulo 2017), April 4-6, 2017, São Paulo, Brazil, 2017, 362 s. ISBN 9781351583305
ZAJÍČEK, P., HROMAS, J.: Show caves of the Czech Republic. Průhonice: Cave Administration of the Czech Republic 2013. ISBN 978-80-873-0920-9
CÍLEK, V.: Podzemní Čechy - Dvanáct knih o tom, jak české hornictví utvářelo osud země. Eminent 2015, 348 s. ISBN 978-80-7281-497-8
Podzemí České republiky 1:500 000, 2. vydání. Praha: Kartografie Praha, 2011. ISBN 978-80-7393-187-2
POHUNEK, J., KARELOVÁ, M.: KAM do podzemí, 1. vyd. CPress 2013, 144 s. ISBN 978-80-264-0276-3
BARTÁK, J.: Underground construction in the Czech Republic. Praha: SATRA 2007, 318 s. ISBN 978-80-239-8569-6
Recommended Reading:
GOEL, R.K., SINGH, B., ZHAO, J.: Underground Infrastructures: Planning, Design, and Construction. Butterworth-Heinemann, 2012, 335 s. ISBN 9780123971685
BREBBIA, C. A., KALIAMPAKOS, D.: Underground Spaces: Design, Engineering and Environmental Aspects. WIT Press, 2008, 199 s. ISBN 9781845641252
PÁNEK, T., HRADECKÝ, J.: Landscapes and Landforms of the Czech Republic. Springer, 2016, 422 s. ISBN 9783319275376
Safe and reliable tunnels, innovative European achievments: proceedings of the first international symposium, 4 - 6 February 2004, Prague, Czech Republic. CUR 2004, 225 s. ISBN 9789037604528
BÍLKOVÁ, D., CÍLEK, V., HROMAS, J., NOVOTNÁ, J., VÁVRA, M.: Navštivte...podzemí v Čechách, na Moravě, ve Slezsku. Olympia Paperback 2002, 272 s. ISBN 80733519X
HROMAS, J.: Jeskyně. Chráněná území ČR. Praha: Agentura ochrany přírody a krajiny ČR 2009, 608 s. ISBN 978-80-87051-17-7
KLEPSATEL, F., MAŘÍK, L., FRANKOVSKÝ, M.: Městské podzemní stavby, 1. vyd. Bratislava: Jaga 2005, 286 s. ISBN 978-80-8076-021-2
ZAJÍČEK, P., HROMAS, J.: Show caves of the Czech Republic. Průhonice: Cave Administration of the Czech Republic 2013. ISBN 978-80-873-0920-9
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Credit and ExaminationCredit and Examination100 (100)51
        CreditCredit33 17
        ExaminationExamination67 18