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The Upper Silesian Coal Region around Kattowitz (Katowice) in 1905

The Upper Silesian Coal Basin (Polish: Górnośląskie Zagłębie Węglowe, GZW, Czech: Hornoslezská uhelná pánev) is a coal basin in Silesia, in Poland and the Czech Republic.[1]

The Basin also contains a number of other minable resources, such as methane, cadmium, lead, silver and zinc. Coal depth is approximately 1000 meters, and contains about 70 billion tons, with excellent extraction potential.

Industrial areas within the Upper Silesian Coal Basin:[1]

The Upper Silesian Coal Basin lies in the provinces of Upper Silesia and Zagłębie Dąbrowskie in southern Poland, in a highland located between the upper Vistula and the upper Oder rivers, as well as extending into the Moravian-Silesian Region in the Czech Republic. The Upper Silesian Coal Basin includes the Silesian metropolitan area and has a population of 5,294,000 (with 4,311,000 in Poland and 983,000 in the Czech Republic).[2] Area: 5,400 km² (in Poland - 4,500 km², in Czech Republic - 900 km²).[1]

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  1. ^ a b c (in Polish) "Górnośląskie Zagłębie Węglowe" - PWN Encyclopedia
  2. ^ European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON) (pdf) Archived 2009-07-28 at the Wayback Machine ISBN 2-9600467-2-2