Some silent site...
On the western slope of Ślęża Mt. (see the Ślęża Massif page) there is an abandoned area with a quarry where granite and white quartz were mined (see a red arrow on a map). It is located within a mountain called Quartz Mountain (ca 330 m asl). This mountain is surrounded by beech forest and ravines eroded in the granite bottom by temporal brooks. A ridge of the quarry is overgrown by pines, birches and less by spruces. Its bottom is covered by seedlings of trees, mosses, lichens and herbs like Solidago
. Within granite walls sometimes one can see small brushes of rock crystals and veins of a white quartz. On some stones Mn and Fe minerals like psilomelane, hematite and goethite crystallized. Here I met for the first time a very special form of ladybird.
This place is not very often visited by tourists, however its geology, mineralogy, fauna and flora is worth of our interest.
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