Study areas

Belá River

Topľa River

A gravel-bedded Topľa River flows in the outer Carpathians flysch setting in Eastern Slovakia. The river springs at an altitude of 1,015 m a.s.l. in the mountain range of Čergov. It is 115 km long before it reaches the point of confluence with the River Ondava. The area of its basin is 1,506.4 square km; the long-term daily average discharge at the Bardejov gauging point oscillates at a level of Q = 3.018 m3/s. The catchment is built by Eocene claystones, sandstones and conglomerates. The floodplain of the Topľa River is filled with Holocene gravels and sandy gravels and the valley slopes are affected by landslides.

Ondava River

The Ondava River is meandering gravel river bed in North-Eastern Slovakia. This 144.4 km river commences at 546 m a. s. l. in the Slovak-Polish border region; where the Stropkov gauging station determined the long-term average annual discharge at 5.7 m3/s and maximum discharge of 550 m3/s in 1974. Ondava creates a system of meander loops near the Stropkov village. Non-cohesive alluvial sandy gravels (age younger Holocene) and fluvial sediments (alluvial clay or sandy-gravelly loam) with a thickness up to 12 m infill the 1.2 km wide floodplain.


Danube River

The by-passed reach of the old Danube channel (Slovakian part of Danube) gives a very good example of the human impact on a river system. Decreasing discharge and the disconnectivity in sediment fluxes condition the granulometric change in the vertical accretion stratigraphy which by the negative feedback due to vegetation succession initiates changes in land cover structure. Its morphological differentiation is determined by vertical accretion, i. e. by the input and spatially variable deposition of suspended load during “new” flood regime of the old Danube channel.


Demänovka River

Demänovská Cave of Liberty (Slovak: Demänovská jaskyňa slobody) is a karst cave in Low Tatras in Slovakia. Discovered in 1921 and opened to the public in 1924, it is the most visited cave in Slovakia. The entrance is at an altitude of 870 metres (2,850 ft) with total length of 8,126 metres, where 1,800 metres are open to the public. Undeground Demänovka River is flowing in the karst system and transport gravel and fine sediment from the upper part.