Coral Conundrum

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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Geological Climate Change.
2 Mar
Geological Climate Change.

When we talk about Climate Change what we are really talking about is Anthropogenic Climate Change, that is, the effect human activities are having on global climate. The increased levels …

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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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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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The Story of the Burren - Moher Flagstones - Fossils
9 Dec
Geological footprints leave elegant pattern

Justifiably famous for their elegant patterns, Moher flags have been quarried along the west coast of Clare for centuries. The thin, rigid slabs were ideal for roofing in times past but …

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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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Stress Release in the Burren
26 Nov
Stress Release in the Burren

One of the most striking features of the Burren are the vertical cracks or fissures in the limestone. They are known as ‘grikes’ although I prefer the local term ‘Scealps’. …

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