Contemporary Problems of Geochemistry


Tour of Geoeducational Center in Kielce

The participants of the 2nd Conference on Contemporary Problems of Geochemistry will have an opportunity to visit a new-built Center of Geoeducation in Kielce. This geological museum and a self-guided trail is located in the southeastern part of the Wietrznia Abiotic Nature Reserve.
The tour of the Geoeducational Center (sightseeing of the exhibition presenting the Devonian history of the Holy Cross Mountains) will also include a visit to the Zbigniew Rubinowski Abiotic Nature Reserve which is located in an abandoned Wietrznia quarry. Some details about geology, mineralogy, petrology, and geomorphology of the site will be discussed.
Zdzisław M. Migaszewski and Agnieszka Gałuszka

Tour leaders in front of the Geoeducational Center (photo taken by P.J. Lamothe)

Wietrznia Abiotic Nature Reserve (photos taken by Z.M. Migaszewski and Agnieszka Gałuszka)



Tour of Neolithic Flint Mine at Krzemionki and Romanesque Cistercian abbey at Wąchock

On September 25th, the conference participants will visit one of the most interesting archeological site in Poland – Krzemionki (or Krzemionki Opatowskie). It is an archeological reserve that includes Neolithic complex of striped flint mines located about 5 km north-east of Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski. Different concepts of the origin of the Krzemionki cherts will be discussed during sightseeing of underground tourist route.
Zdzisław M. Migaszewski

Flint nodules protruded from Upper Jurassic limestones (Krzemionki flint mine, photo taken by Z.M. Migaszewski)

The tour will also encompass a visit to the Cistercian abbey in Wąchock which is famous for its Romanesque architecture. The oldest parts of the monastery buildings are recognized as the best preserved monuments of the Romanesque style in Poland. Conference participants will visit the cloister’s interiors and the church.
Agnieszka Gałuszka

Interiors of the Cistercian abbey and the church in Wąchock (photos taken by Agnieszka Gałuszka and Zdzisław M. Migaszewski)