Geographia Polonica (2021) vol. 94, iss. 1

Recent advances on geomorphology of the Gorce Mountains, the Outer Western Carpathians – state-of-the-art and future perspectives

Paweł Kroch, Łukasz Pawlik

Geographia Polonica (2021) vol. 94, iss. 1, pp. 47-67 | Full text

The increase of geomorphological research during the last decades in the Gorce Mts. caused the need for state-of-art review papers. The Gorce Mountains were formed as an isolated massif with Mt Turbacz (1310 m a.s.l.) as the highest summit. River channels are remodeled by sudden and high-level floods with the critical impact of log jams. The main processes influencing hillslope relief were landsliding, run-off, and tree uprooting. The review suggests the following issues await for studies: a long-term landscape evolution, monitoring of morphogenetic processes, and origin of landslides with their contribution to denudation rates. Also,current biomorphodynamics (uprooting process) has not been sufficiently studied.

Keywords: Geomorphology, relief, landslides, hillslope processes, fluvial processes, human impact, biomorphodynamics

Paweł Kroch [], Institute of Geography Pedagogical University of Krakow Podchorążych 2, 30-084 Krakow: Poland
Łukasz Pawlik [], Faculty of Natural Sciences, Institute of Earth Sciences University of Silesia Będzińska 60, 42-200 Sosnowiec: Poland