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Kinterova Jednotka a postnatura

By samotař, 15 September 2017

Upsych316a Universal Psychiatric Church

By Samotar, 6 July 2017

Za teorií poznání (radostný nekrolog), Bohuslav Blažek

By miloš vojtěchovský, 9 April 2017

On the Transmutation of Species

By miloš vojtěchovský, 27 March 2017

CYBERPOSITIVE, Sadie Plant a Nick Land

By samotař, 2 March 2017

Ivan Illich: Ticho jako obecní statek

By samotař, 18 February 2017

Thomas Berry:Ekozoická éra

By samotař, 8 December 2016

Best a Basta době uhelné

By samotař, 31 October 2016

Hledání hlasu řeky Bíliny

By samotař, 23 September 2016

Bratrstvo

By samotař, 1 September 2016

Anima Mundi Revisited

By miloš vojtěchovský, 28 June 2016

Simon A. Levin: The Evolution of Ecology

By samotař, 21 June 2016

Jan Hloušek: Uranové město

By samotař, 31 May 2016

Manifest The Dark Mountain Project

By Samotar, 3 May 2016

Pokus o popis jednoho zápasu

By samotar, 29 April 2016

Nothing worse or better can happen

By Ewa Jacobsson, 5 April 2016

Jared Diamond - Easter's End

By , 21 February 2016

W. H. Auden: Journey to Iceland

By , 9 February 2016

Jussi Parikka: The Earth

By Slawomír Uher, 8 February 2016

Co číhá za humny? neboli revoluce přítomnosti

By Miloš Vojtěchovský, 31 January 2016

Red Sky: The Eschatology of Trans

By Miloš Vojtěchovský, 19 January 2016

Towards an Anti-atlas of Borders

By , 20 December 2015

Pavel Mrkus - KINESIS, instalace Nejsvětější Salvátor

By Miloš Vojtěchovský, 6 December 2015

Tváře/Faces bez hranic/Sans Frontiers

By Miloš Vojtěchovský, 29 November 2015

Na Zemi vzhůru nohama

By Alena Kotzmannová, 17 October 2015

Upside-down on Earth

By Alena Kotzmannová, 17 October 2015

Images from Finnmark (Living Through the Landscape)

By Nicholas Norton, 12 October 2015

Czech Radio on Frontiers of Solitude

By Samotar, 10 October 2015

Langewiese and Newt or walking to Dlouhá louka

By Michal Kindernay, 7 October 2015

Notice in the Norwegian newspaper „Altaposten“

By Nicholas Norton, 5 October 2015

Interview with Ivar Smedstad

By Nicholas Norton, 5 October 2015

Iceland Expedition, Part 2

By Julia Martin, 4 October 2015

Closing at the Osek Monastery

By Michal Kindernay, 3 October 2015

Iceland Expedition, Part 1

By Julia Martin, 3 October 2015

Finnmarka a kopce / The Hills of Finnmark

By Vladimír Merta, 2 October 2015

Workshop with Radek Mikuláš/Dílna s Radkem Mikulášem

By Samotářka Dagmar, 26 September 2015

Já, Doly, Dolly a zemský ráj

By Samotar, 23 September 2015

Up to the Ore Mountains

By Michal, Dagmar a Helena Samotáři , 22 September 2015

Václav Cílek and the Sacred Landscape

By Samotář Michal, 22 September 2015

Picnic at the Ledvice waste pond

By Samotar, 19 September 2015

Above Jezeří Castle

By Samotar, 19 September 2015

Cancerous Land, part 3

By Tamás Sajó, 18 September 2015

Ledvice coal preparation plant

By Dominik Žižka, 18 September 2015

pod hladinou

By Dominik Žižka, 18 September 2015

Cancerous Land, part 2

By Tamás Sajó, 17 September 2015

Cancerous Land, part 1

By Tamás Sajó, 16 September 2015

Offroad trip

By Dominik Žižka, 16 September 2015

Ekologické limity a nutnost jejich prolomení

By Miloš Vojtěchovský, 16 September 2015

Lignite Clouds Sound Workshop: Days I and II

By Samotar, 15 September 2015

Walk from Mariánské Radčice

By Michal Kindernay, 12 September 2015

Mariánské Radčice and Libkovice

By Samotar, 11 September 2015

Most - Lake, Fish, algae bloom

By Samotar, 8 September 2015

Monday: Bílina open pit excursion

By Samotar, 7 September 2015

Duchcov II. - past and tomorrow

By Samotar, 6 September 2015

Duchcov II.

By Samotar, 6 September 2015

Arrival at Duchcov I.

By Samotar, 6 September 2015

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Duchcov II. - past and tomorrow

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… A rainy and windy walk around the Duchcov waste pond and Bílina mines. We walked west from the center along old railway tracks, the former railway station and railway bridge, with the memorial to the clash between police and striking workers back in the 1920s. It is almost at the end of the old landscape and the beginning of the industrial terrain and territory of mining company.

We walked toward the Ledvice power station and its waste pond. The main factor shaping the town is the coal industry, in connection with electrotechnical and machine industries. Besides lignite, Duchcov is famous for the local company Vitrablock, which produced the familiar "Duchcov luxfer glass bricks", as well as the porcelain factory Royal Dux Bohemia.

For some uses, waste coal may be partially cleaned by removing extraneous non-combustible constituents. Before burning it at the power station, the coal is crushed and washed, creating waste water which is filled with toxins. Another form of liquid coal waste is the acidic mine runoff. Both forms of liquid coal waste are disposed of in a landfill near the mine site. Usually, coal production creates waste water that contains tons of mercury, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, nickel, and selenium.

The Duchcov community was probably founded in 13th century under name „Tockczaw“, later „Duchczow“. In 1460, King George of Poděbrady granted the town an escutcheon and a town seal. At the end of 15th century, further privileges were granted to the town. The Thirty Years War followed, devastating the town.

The Wallenstein Parentage came and influenced the next stages of its development. The Wallenstein Parentage deserved well of great building development in the town, reconstruction and further building arrangement of local chateau, originally town’s castle, heavy damaged during Hussite wars. Wallenstein Parentage made first attempts at mining brown coal. In 1758, Joseph Emmanuel of Wallenstein invited the well-known philosopher, adventurer and globetrotter Giacomo Casanova.

Casonova spent 13 years of this life here as chateau librarian, and he died here in 1798. He wrote on this spot most of his literary works, including his famious Memoires. In addition, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Frederick Schiller, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederick Chopin and František Palacký also stayed at the Duchcov castle.

The second half of 19th century meant for Duchcov new developments in the form of the construction of new sections of railway lines and brown coal mining. A boom in brown coal caused further waves of the town’s development, many thousands of new inhabitants arrived, and many new houses and factories were built.

It is paradoxical that coal mining nearly meant catastrophe for the town. Duchcov was almost totally demolished, and the coal resources that St. Barbara placed in the vicinity were exploited. Nevertheless, the town has been preserved, including its important historical monuments. The most important one is, as mentioned before, the local Baroque chateau. Inside, you can see furniture on display from the Art and Industrial Museum, works of the Bohemian Baroque from the collection of National Gallery and, last, but not least, an exhibiti on the life and residency of Casanova. Also, the chateau garden, partially diminished by coal mining, has become a park in the English style.

The city centre, containing many historical sights, such as the Annunciation Lady Day Church, the Holy Trinity plague column, St. Florian fountain, Matthias Braun statues, St. Barbra chapel, with tombstone of G. Casanova, buried here, as well as the protestant chuch in the Jugendestil style, all this area is declared as a town monument area.