Šumavské podhůří (ŠP)

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The Šumava Piedmont are a large complex with highland to montane characteristics. As is apparent from the name, they form the foothill area of the Šumavas, running from the northeast towards the Czech interior. The main ridges are parallel with the Šumava range, i. e. perpendicular to the drainage flow. The geological construction is also the same as that of the Šumavas, but the domes are less expressive and a higher level of erosion is evident. Among the main rock types are gneiss, paragneiss, mica schist and granite. Part of the range is located inside CHKO Šumava (protected landscape area) and part in CHKO Blanský les (protected landscape area). There is a high percentage of forested land at higher elevations, with more pastures, meadows and fields as the elevation decreases. Climatically interesting is the so called “foehn effect” on the leeward side of the Šumavas, which manifests itself strongly here. As a result, the total amount of rainfall is about 20-30% lower and the temperatures are about 0.5 °C higher than average. For Thousanders, there are three separate areas (Libín, Kleť and Velký Plešný), with a total of 6 main peaks. The highest of them is Libín, with an elevation of 1,093 meters above sea level. Some of the thousanders afford beautiful views of the Czech interior, Šumava and also, at times, the Alps.


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