Czechoslovakia: A Survey of Economic and Social Conditions

By Josef Gruber; A. S. V. Klíma BroŽ et al. | Go to book overview

VI
WATER POWER

EMIL ZIMMLER, COUNCILLOR OF THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS

The Czechoslovak Republic has an abundance of water power which is a potential source of great wealth for the country. The Republic is situated on the high European watershed between the North and the Baltic Seas on the one side, and the Mediterranean and the Black Seas on the other, with mountains standing across the direction of the currents of damp air coming from the ocean, so that the country is well watered. The Labe ( Elbe), the Odra ( Oder), the Morava ( March), as well as many rivers rising in Slovakia and Ruthenia, tributaries of the Danube or the Tisa, all originate in Czechoslovakia and flow to the seas mentioned above. The waters of Bohemia come from the mountain valleys, gather into rivers, and leave the country at one place, thus forming a network of water- courses which requires a systematic regulation of the whole problem of water power and especially of its exploitation.

The average annual rainfall in Czechoslovakia is 740 millimetres.

MaximumAverageMinimum
Bohemia850682505
Moravia930667591
Silesia1,145873763
Slovakia and Ruthenia...810...

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