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Naučná stezka Zlatý kůň

General informations

The educational trail Zlatý kůň is 3,5 km long. It is divided into two parts, goes through the national nature monument Zlatý kůň and through the nature reserve Kobyla. It can be walked through within 90 minutes. The educational trail informs the visitors directly in the terrain about an inanimate as well as living nature of Koněprusy territory. The distinctive ridge of Zlatý kůň is a worldwide known geological location. It is in its biggest part formed by white, pure Koněprusy limestone with coloured benchlike Suchomasty limestones and younger akantopygic limestones in the overburden. The limestones were deposited on the bottom of a shallow, sunny sea in the older paleozoic era – in devonian, approximately 405–380 million years ago. Koněprusy limestones are basically a fossilized cliff similar to contemporary coral reefs that was formed by millions of individuals of sea animals, today already extinct. Numerous fossils, primarily of crinoids, corals, brachiopods, gastropods, trilobites and others, can therefore be found in the quarries on the hillside of Zlatý kůň. Closely tied to the limestone bedrock is the contemporary thermophilous and xerophilous flora and rich fauna, especially invertebrates. The influence of a man is recently of significance – the biggest cave system in the Czech republic, Koněprusy caves, were discovered because of limestone mining, as well as a range of smaller karst phenomena. The quarries also revealed rich paleontological deposits. Besides, interesting stratigraphical profiles and contacts of individual limestone facies were also uncovered. Not surprisingly, Zlatý kůň was classified as a significant location within NATURA 2000, a system of most significant protected areas within the European Union. Koněprusy territory is richly visited by tourists, the Koněprusy caves which are open to the public have about 100 000 visitors each year. While walking the educational trail please pay attention to nature as well as to the notices in the individual stations. Be cautious at the edges of the quarry walls, you could fall and die!

GPS position

N 49° 54.957', E 14° 4.140'
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Contact

Agentura Koniklec
David Kunssberger
Tel.:777 239 238
e-mail:david@koniklec.cz
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