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Augst is a municipality in the district of Liestal in the canton of Basel-Country in Switzerland.It was known as Augusta Raurica in Roman timesHistoryAugst is first mentioned in 615 as Augustodunensem praesulem. In 752 it was mentioned as Augusta and in 1288 as Augst.GeographyAugst has an area, of 1.64km2. Of this area, 0.57km2 or 34.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 0.11km2 or 6.7% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.66km2 or 40.2% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.28km2 or 17.1% is either rivers or lakes.Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 6.1% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 11.0% and transportation infrastructure made up 15.9%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 1.8% of the area while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 5.5%. Out of the forested land, 4.9% of the total land area is heavily forested and 1.8% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 18.9% is used for growing crops and 14.6% is pastures, while 1.2% is used for orchards or vine crops. All the water in the municipality is flowing water.The municipality is located in the Liestal district, near the mouth of the Ergolz river. It consists of the linear village of Augst.Coat of armsThe blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Gules, a Lion's head Argent issuant langued and crowned Or.
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