DR. JOSEPH PETERS, DIRECTOR OF THE CZECHOSLOVAK MINE OWNERS' ASSOCIATION, AND LECTURER ON THE MINING LAW AT THE CHARLES UNIVERSITY, PRAGUE.
The coal resources of the Czechoslovak Republic consist of several coal fields and lignite basins, the largest of which are situated in northern Moravia and Silesia and northwestern Bohemia.
Bohemia's coal deposits are located near the northeastern border, in the neighborhood of Žacléŕ and Svatoňovice; in the territory northwest of Prague in the Kladno and Rakovnik districts; and in the southwestern part of Bohemia in the Plzeň district. There are also two small basins in the Budéjovice district and on the northeastern border near Brandov. In Moravia and Silesia the largest and the most important field is that of Ostrava-Karvin, beside which there are small coal deposits at Rosice and Oslavany.
The most important and the richest coal field is that of Ostrava-Karvin which forms the southwestern extension of the large Moravian-Silesian-Polish basin which covers an area of about 6,920 square kilometers; of this area Czechoslovakia owns about 15.6 per cent. This basin, in which there are several large coal beds,