Photographer's Note

Soos NNR is located 5 km NE of the centre of the spa town of Františkovy Lázně and 3.5 km SE of Skalná. The reserve covers an area of 221 ha at elevations of 429 – 440 metres above sea level in the parishes of Vonšov (Nový Drahov), Dvorek and Nová Ves and was declared in 1964.

Soos is an example of a unique territory on a pan-European scale and includes a wide variety of biotopes and their transitional phases. On the NNR territory we can find peatbogs and fens with numerous issues of mineral water and emanations of gaseous carbon dioxide (CO2), extensive water surfaces and small streams. The central part of the reserve contains a notable diatomite deposit, saturated with mineral salts. Local plant communities represent a varied mosaic of the vegetation of high-moor bogs, transitional peat-bogs, fens, halomorphic soils and communities which are directly influenced by the CO2 gas emanations. The diversity of animal species, especially of invertebrates, amphibians and birds, is also of exceptional natural value.

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