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Blücher´s querries

The Blücher´s querries are currently the only freely accessible outcrop of Kopřivnice limestones. Colorful, mostly red limestone of the Cretaceous age were uncovered by mining after 1868, when Princess Blücher from Raduň near Opava bought the land at Dolní korýtko. She established kilns for burning lime at the quarry. The burnt lime was used at the Raduň estate. Looking at the quarry wall, you will see marked, deep red location of the limestone breccia formation. This position is very rich in small fossils, which can be found in weathered material at the toe of the slope. You can find here parts of the crinoids, sea urchins spines, solitary corals, sea sponges, rostrum of belemnoids and many other types of fossils. The Upper Blücher´s quarry was active already before the 1836. The rock wall of the Upper Blücher´s quarry with the kopřivnice limestones (first mentioned by Sues in 1858) is currently inaccessible. It is interesting that in 1898, a deep borehole in the quarry was made, paid by the builder Hein from Vienna. The aim was to find coal seams. The drill hole reached a depth of 251,5 meters and whole passed through the limestone and shale body. The locality is now protected as an important landscape element. We can find here fragments of xeric vegetation of limestone substrates with species bound to these communities such as Saxifraga tridactylites L., butterflies Spialia sertorius and Parnassius apollo, Coronella austriaca.

GPS position

N 49° 35.192', E 18° 7.702'



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