Education

Brachiopods
22 Jun
Big Brachiopods

Large brachiopods are quite common in the limestone of the Burren. They can be seen in walls and loose rocks and in the rock of the limestone pavement that we …

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Coral Conundrum
11 Mar
Coral Conundrum

Fossil corals are quite common in the limestone of the Burren. They can be easily seen around the Flaggy Shore and the walking trails at Mullaghmore in the Burren National …

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How small creatures help shape our coast.
9 Mar
How small creatures help shape our coast.

Our coastal cliffs form a line of defence against a constant marine onslaught. From Black Head to Doolin the Burren limestone meets the sea and from Doolin and the Cliffs …

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Fossil Wind
22 Feb
Fossil Wind

There are three main rock types; Igneous rocks which are formed from molten magma from the Earth’s interior that has cooled, Sedimentary rocks which are formed from particles (sediments); bits …

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Mass Extinction
15 Feb
Mass Extinction

The spectacular end of most dinosaurs around 65 million years ago due to the impact of a large asteroid is now widely accepted by scientists and even a possible site …

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Glacial Erratic
9 Feb
Erratic Rocks

A notable feature of the exposed rock of the Burren are the large boulders that sit on top of the limestone. Some of the best examples are seen along the …

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Our Fossil Roots
1 Feb
Our Fossil Roots

In sandstone rocks along the wild Atlantic coast of west Clare we find excellent examples of a fossil called Stigmaria. These are elongate, cylindrical or flattened structures with a surface …

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Lough Garrig
10 Jan
The smallest Lake in Ireland is in the Burren.

Sitting on top of Slieve Elva at an elevation of almost 330m is a tiny pond of water called Lough Garrig. Only a couple of metres across, it is barely …

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Sand Volcano
1 Dec
When is a volcano, not a volcano? When it is a sand volcano?

Along our coast from Doolin to the Shannon Estuary there are a few nice examples of sand volcanoes. Sand volcanoes are low conical mounds, often with a shallow central depression, …

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