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Odval dolu Vítek

Ecologic stability of a landscape

Non-natural biotopes contribute to the ecological stability of the landscape. They provide a harbour for a whole number of species and foster the diversity of species also in the vicinity. They also serve as important migration routes for a whole range of plants and animals.

They can also fulfil many ecosystem services:

Ecological stability is the ability of the ecosystem to withstand disturbances and balance them out. A stable ecosystem is able to continue and provide valuable ecosystem service despite the exerted stress, e.g. human interventions, unfavourable climatic conditions, catastrophic events etc.

Ecosystem services include e.g.:

The aim of protecting the stability is to preserve the ecosystem services and keeping the natural landscape balance. The landscape itself keeps stability thanks to self-regulating mechanisms – i.e. massive population deaths are prevented, just like changes in (micro)climate, water regime etc.

The ecologic stability of a community is linked to its diversity of species. For instance a mixed forest resists diseases, parasites and extreme climate fluctuations much better than a spruce monoculture. However, there are examples or rather resistant communities that poor in number of species, e.g. reeds. 

Aesthetic functions

From a greater distance, the pit tip seems rather discreet, as and area with dispersed vegetation in an agricultural landscape. Only upon entering the area, the impression changes and the observer is presented with an open landscape with sunny slopes and articulated relief. The remnants of times past, the pit tip gradual development and burning through are visible on bare areas of the pit tip and on formations reminding of stones and rocks. An amphitheatre open to the southeast offers camp fire both for the local people and travellers; the steep slopes tempt the motocross and cyclocross fans. These activities have no negative impact on the location. The leisure time activities pose no serious threat to the environment. The former dirt road and the intersection with a railroad can be adapted to enable safe cycling and construct a bike path. It is here that the pit tip biotopes can be promoted and popularized. 

GPS position

N 50° 10.311', E 14° 9.455'



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