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Český svaz ochránců přírody
Český svaz ochránců přírody

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Karlovarský kraj
Karlovarský kraj 

Karlovarský kraj

 

Lázně Františkovy Lázně a. s.
Lázně Františkovy Lázně a. s.

 

Turistické Infocentrum Františkovy Lázně

Infocentrum Františkovy Lázně 

Soos Nature Reserve lies about 6 km northeast of Franzensbad. This area of the historic Soos forest (“Soos silva”) with an area of 221 hectares was declared a national nature reserve in 1964. Only part of the reservation is accessible to the public via a 1.2 km long paved nature trail with information boards.

The Soos area features extensive peat bogs and fens, where large amounts of mineral springs and pure carbon dioxide rise in so-called mofettas - also called mud volcanoes. The nature trail runs down the bottom of a dry lake that once was full of salt (mineral) water. In Soos, there was left a real European rarity - the so-called Kieselguhr Shield. The Kieselguhr deposit, furrowed by the erosion - the remnants of the lake algae Diatom's shells on the bottom of the lake - covered with yellow and white layers of precipitated mineral salts, creates a fascinating picture of the “moonscape”. Thanks to the unique conditions, a number of protected animals live in the reserve and there are many wetland and salamigenic plants growing there.

In addition to the nature trail, in Soos the visitors will find a rescue sanctuary for wounded animals that is a part of the National Network of Handicapped Animals Sanctuaries and since 2004 has been financially supported by ČSOP. You can also have a look at the museum exposition about the nature of the reserve and its surroundings, the extensive exhibition “Bird World of Egerland” and the paleontological exhibition “History of the Earth”, which includes models of prehistoric life-size lizards.

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Natural carbon dioxide springs can be seen in Soos at every step. Imperial spring (Kaiserquelle), its water was used to produce bath salts in the 19th century Kieselguhr Shield in Soos is a European rarity

Walking on the Soos Nature Trail is worth in every weather Despite the usual expectations of the visitors, the water in the local mofettas, commonly called “mud volcanoes”, does not seethe. Its temperature, on the contrary, does not exceed 20 °C Edge of the fen

In the heart of Soos National Nature Reserve Imperial Spring 

 

From the exhibition “History of the Earth” From the exhibition “History of the Earth” From the exhibition “History of the Earth”

Exposition “Bird World of Egerland” Exposition “Bird World of Egerland” The history of Soos is inseparably linked to mining and industry. The evidence of efforts to draw carbon dioxide for industrial use

In addition to kieselguhr and salt, peat was also drawn in Soos for spa purposes even in the 20th century. In addition to kieselguhr and salt, peat was also drawn in Soos for spa purposes even in the 20th century.

Geological map of Soos National Nature Reserve

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