General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Geology of the Tatra and Pieniny Mountains
Language English
Module lecturer dr Ditta Kicińska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position assistant professor
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 45


Module aim (aims)

The aim of this course is to learn to identify geologic features, recognize the relationship between tectonics and geologic formation, interpret the geologic history of the Tatra and Pieniny Mts based on field observations.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

basic knowledge in Earth science (mainly geography) at the secondary school level


Day 1: the Kościeliska Valley – sedimentological and paleobiological history during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic (the Eocene nummulitic limestones, evolution of Tatricum and Fatricum basins), karst phenomena
Day 2: the Kasprowy Wierch Peak – the Liliowe Pass – the Gąsienicowa Valley – metamorphic and magmatic rocks, a multi-stage evolution during Variscan and Alpine orogeny; outcrop profiling; hydrogeology of the Suchej Wody Valley and Bystrej Valley
Day 3: the Pięć Stawów Valley and Rybiego Potoku Valley – crystalline core of the Tatra Mts, glacial erosion and accumulation
Day 4: lithostratigraphy and tectonic between the Bystrej Valley and the Strążyska Valley; tectonic significance of the karst system in the Bystrej Valley, karst phenomena, old mining in the Tatra Mts
Day 5: lithostratigraphy and tectonic of the Pieniny Mountains

Reading list

Bac-Moszaszwili M., Burchart J., Głazek J., Iwanow A., Jaroszewski W., Kotański Z., Lefeld J., Mastella L., Ozimkowski W., Roniewicz P., Skupiński A. and Westfalewicz-Mogilska E. - 1979 Geological Map of the Polish Tatra Mts, 1:30000 scale. Instytut Geologiczny, Warszawa.
Jurewicz E. - 2002 Geometric analysis of steep-diping dislocations within the granitoid core in the Polish part of the Tatra Mts. Annales Societatis Poloniae 72, 89-98.
McCann T. (2008), The geology of Central Europe: Volume. 2: Mesozoic and Cenozoic. Geological Society of London.
Plašienka D., Grecula P., Putiš M., Kováč M. and Hovorka D. - 1997 Evolution and structure of the Western Carpathians: an overview. In: Mineralia Slovaca, Geological evolution of the Western Carpathians, eds. P. Grecula,