Siedlec Desert - Wikiwand
For faster navigation, this Iframe is preloading the Wikiwand page for Siedlec Desert.

Siedlec Desert

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Siedlec Desert
Area0.3 km2 (0.12 sq mi)
Native namePustynia Siedlecka

The Siedlec Desert (Polish: Pustynia Siedlecka) is an area of sand near the village of Siedlec, district of Gmina Janów, within Częstochowa County, Silesian Voivodeship, in the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland area of southern Poland. The "desert" was formed during sand-mining operations, with the sand itself coming from a buried Jurassic-era sea-bed. The sand-mine finally closed in the 1960's. The desert covers approximately 30 hectares, of which 25 hectares is sand and the rest is made up by a pond and pine-trees planted in the area during the 1960's. The dunes at Siedlec reach up to 30 meters high and mirages are visible there in summer. Local legend has it that the desert was formed when a clever sorcerer pursued by the Devil escaped through the gates of hell, leaving the area around scorched.[1]

The desert forms part of the Olsztyńsko-Gorzkowskie micro-region, and the dunes within it are the result of Aeolian processes.[2]

The Siedlec Desert in 2005 - the tracks from motor sports are visible in this picture
The Siedlec Desert in 2005 - the tracks from motor sports are visible in this picture

The area has been used in motor sports to allow racing in desert-style conditions.[3] An annual festival held by local villagers involves dressing up as bedouins.[4]


  1. ^ "Pustynie w Polsce - ile ich jest i gdzie się znajdują?". National Geographic Polska. 2 March 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  2. ^ Solon, Jerzy; Kistowski, Mariusz; Myga-Piątek, Urszula (2018). Studia nad regionalizacja̜ fizycznogeograficzna̜ Polski. PAN IGiPZ. p. 216. ISBN 9788361590897. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  3. ^ CZOCHARA, Nino (23 March 2021). "Pustynie w Polsce: gdzie się znajdują? 5 mniej znanych atrakcji naszego kraju". Radio Zet. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  4. ^ Ładuniuk, Anna (14 April 2012). "Janów na Jurze: Zapraszamy na pustynię!". Dzennik Zachodni. Retrieved 11 May 2021.

{{bottomLinkPreText}} {{bottomLinkText}}
Siedlec Desert
Listen to this article