Date: September 2, 2020

Route: Kraków and its close vicinity

Cost: included in the conference fee

Preliminary program of the mid-conference field trip (the program may change a little bit):

  • Kościuszko Mound – general view, micromorphology of Palaeolithic stand of Spadzista
  • Genesis, properties, mineral transformations and record of soil-forming processes in micromorphology of soils developed from loess (Chernozem, Nowa Huta – Kościelniki; Luvisol, Bronowice – Mydlniki)
  • Soil Museum


Post-conference field trip after ICoSM 2020 will be a three-day Polish Upland tour with emphasis to micromorphology of: soils developed from loess, gypsum and carbonate rocks; paleosols in Quaternary sequences; fossil Jurassic Podzols; Technosols in metal mining areas.

This field trip is optional and is NOT included in the conference fee. The number of participants is limited!

Date: September 4–6, 2020

Route: Kraków – Sandomierz – Chęciny – Kraków

Cost: 200 EUR

Preliminary program of the mid-conference field trip (the program may change a little bit):

DAY 1 (SEPTEMBER 4, 2020)

Route: Kraków – Sandomierz


  • Chotel Czerwony – outcrops of Miocene gypsum rock; soils developed from gypsum; xerothermic meadows
  • Smerdyna – piping in Miocene detrital limestones; processes of translocation of Fe oxides and clays in Quaternary loams filling the pipes
  • Szewce and Polanów – paleosols in Quaternary sequences

Accomodation in Sandomierz (evening town tour with a guide)

DAY 2 (SEPTEMBER 5, 2020)

Route: Sandomierz – Chęciny


  • Wilczyce – a Palaeolithic hunters’ camp
  • Krzemionki  Opatowskie – a Neolithic and early Bronze Age complex of flint mines for the extraction of Upper Jurassic (Oxfordian) banded flints (a visit with a guide)
  • Rudki – an ancient iron mine and contemporary Fe sulphide and uranium mine; Technosols developed from mine tailings containing Fe sulphides
  • Niekłań Wielki – outcrops of Lower Jurassic sandstones with fossil Jurassic Podzols
  • Zagnańsk Zachełmie quarry – outcrops of Middle Devonian carbonate rocks with tetrapod tracks (the oldest tracks found in the world till now)

Accommodation in the European Centre for Geological Education, Korzecko village near Chęciny town

DAY 3 (SEPTEMBER 6, 2020)

Route: Chęciny – Kraków


  • Medieval castle in Chęciny (a visit with a guide)
  • Kowala limestone quarry – Permian-Triassic weathering red covers overlying Middle Devonian carbonate rock; paleosols in red covers
  • Błędowska Desert – an anthropogenic sand field occurring in an area of the Central Europe’s largest accumulation of loose sands

The trip ends in the evening (please do not book your flight that day!).