Geografia Regionalna Polski: A Comprehensive Guide to the Geography of Poland by Jerzy Kondracki
Geografia Regionalna Polski (Regional Geography of Poland) is a book written by Jerzy Kondracki, a Polish geographer and professor emeritus at the University of Warsaw. The book was first published in 1998 by Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN and has since been revised and updated in subsequent editions. The book is considered to be one of the most authoritative and comprehensive works on the geography of Poland, covering both its physical and human aspects.
The book is divided into two main parts: the first part provides an overview of the natural environment of Poland, including its geology, geomorphology, climate, hydrology, soil, vegetation and wildlife. The second part deals with the regionalization of Poland based on physical-geographical criteria, such as landforms, climate zones and natural regions. The book also discusses the historical development of regionalization concepts and methods in Polish geography, as well as the current challenges and perspectives for regional studies.
The book is richly illustrated with maps, diagrams, photographs and tables that help to visualize and understand the spatial diversity and complexity of Poland's geography. The book also includes a folded map in a pocket that shows the physical-geographical regions of Poland according to Kondracki's classification. The book is intended for students, researchers and teachers of geography, as well as anyone interested in learning more about Poland's natural and cultural heritage.
Geografia Regionalna Polski is available in PDF format for free download from various online sources, such as Academia.edu and Open Library. However, readers are encouraged to purchase a printed copy from Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN or other reputable publishers to support the author and his work.
One of the main contributions of Geografia Regionalna Polski is the establishment of a hierarchical system of physical-geographical regions of Poland, based on the principle of homogeneity and differentiation. According to Kondracki, Poland can be divided into six macroregions, 21 mesoregions and 316 microregions, each with its own distinctive characteristics and identity. The macroregions are: the Baltic Coastal Plain, the Central European Lowlands, the Polish Uplands, the Carpathian Mountains, the Sudetes Mountains and the Western Pomeranian Lake District. The mesoregions and microregions are further subdivisions of the macroregions, reflecting the local variations in relief, climate, hydrology and vegetation.
The book also provides a detailed description and analysis of each region, highlighting its geographical features, natural resources, environmental problems and potential for development. The book also explores the interactions and interdependencies between the natural environment and human activities, such as agriculture, industry, urbanization, tourism and conservation. The book emphasizes the importance of regional planning and management for the sustainable use and protection of Poland's geographical diversity and heritage.
Geografia Regionalna Polski is not only a scientific work, but also a cultural and educational one. The book aims to raise awareness and appreciation of Poland's geography among its readers, as well as to inspire further research and exploration. The book is written in a clear and accessible language, suitable for both academic and general audiences. The book is also accompanied by a website that provides additional information and resources on Poland's geography, such as maps, quizzes, glossary and bibliography. 061ffe29dd