Depopulated localities of former east Prussia as isolated components of the landscape structure in the form of clusters of high vegetation

  • Anna Majewska University of Lodz
Keywords: deserted villages, rural settlement, LiDAR, GIS, historical geography, archaeology of the contemporary past, forestation

Abstract

The article is devoted to selected issues concerning the contemporary landscape identity of completely deserted localities situated in the part of former East Prussia incorporated into Poland. It presents conclusions drawn from an analysis of cartographic materials and on-site research on high greenery’s participation in and importance to the creation of the landscape of uninhabited settlement units. High greenery is one of the main components of the space of abandoned localities in the research area. In total, 94% of completely deserted settlements in the Polish part of former East Prussia are partially or completely covered with high greenery. Relatively often – in 39% of all uninhabited localities – high greenery forms isolated patches in the landscape structure. This is reflected in the process of observation of both the horizontal and vertical landscape structure of a locality, as demonstrated on the example of the case study of one of the old settlements.

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Materials

GUGiK: Główny Urząd Geodezji i Kartografii (Eng. Head Office of Land Surveying and Cartography), LAS data:

• N-34-75-B-a-3-2-2,

• N-34-79-B-a-2-3-1,

• N-34-66-B-b-2-4-4,

• N-34-78-D-c-4-2-2.

Ortophotomaps: Główny Urząd Geodezji i Kartografii – www.geoportal.gov.pl.

Satellite imagery: Google Earth: Landsat/Copernicus.

Topographische Karte Messtischblatt (1920s-1940s), 1:25,000, Königliche Preussische Landesaufnahme; Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme , Berlin.

Topographische Karte Messtischblatt, 1:25,000, sheets: 1695– Nordenburg, 1933; 1797 – Buddern, 1927; 1694 – Wandlacken, 1940; 1788 – Landsberg, 1936, Königliche Preussische Landesaufnahme; Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme, Berlin.

Published
2019-12-31
How to Cite
Majewska, A. (2019). Depopulated localities of former east Prussia as isolated components of the landscape structure in the form of clusters of high vegetation. Journal of Geography, Politics and Society, 9(4), 42-50. https://doi.org/10.26881/jpgs.2019.4.05
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