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Meaning “great rock” in Irish, the Burren is precisely that: nearly 100 square miles of karst, a landscape formed from the erosion and dissolution of sedimentary rock. The Burren has limestone that formed 350 million years ago in tropical seas, rare species of Irish plants and animals, and a network of sea cliffs popular with rock climbers. Descend into the Pollnagollum cave, the longest in Ireland, or take a free, guided walking tour through the National Park to learn about its plants and…

How to Take the Perfect Ireland Road Trip—From Dublin to Cliffs of Moher

Meaning “great rock” in Irish, the Burren is precisely that: nearly 100 square miles of karst, a landscape formed from the erosion and dissolution of sedimentary rock. The Burren has limestone that formed 350 million years ago in tropical seas, rare species of Irish plants and animals, and a network of sea cliffs popular with rock climbers. Descend into the Pollnagollum cave, the longest in Ireland, or take a free, guided walking tour through the National Park to learn about its plants and…

The sea stack of Dun Briste on County Mayo's north coast is one of the most spectacular scenes on a spectacular coastline stretching over 2,500km along Ireland's Atlantic seaboard.  Dun Briste or Dún Briste meaning Broken Fort in Irish refers to this small but impressive vertical island on the edge of the Atlantic. In this image, layers of rocks on the stacks exposed sides hint at a sedimentary geological origin. — at Downpatrick Head. Ireland

The sea stack of Dun Briste on County Mayo's north coast is one of the most spectacular scenes on a spectacular coastline stretching over 2,500km along Ireland's Atlantic seaboard. Dun Briste or Dún Briste meaning Broken Fort in Irish refers to this small but impressive vertical island on the edge of the Atlantic. In this image, layers of rocks on the stacks exposed sides hint at a sedimentary geological origin. — at Downpatrick Head. Ireland

Meaning “great rock” in Irish, the Burren is precisely that: nearly 100 square miles of karst, a landscape formed from the erosion and dissolution of sedimentary rock. The Burren has limestone that formed 350 million years ago in tropical seas, rare species of Irish plants and animals, and a network of sea cliffs popular with rock climbers. Descend into the Pollnagollum cave, the longest in Ireland, or take a free, guided walking tour through the National Park to learn about its plants and…

How to Take the Perfect Ireland Road Trip—From Dublin to Cliffs of Moher

Meaning “great rock” in Irish, the Burren is precisely that: nearly 100 square miles of karst, a landscape formed from the erosion and dissolution of sedimentary rock. The Burren has limestone that formed 350 million years ago in tropical seas, rare species of Irish plants and animals, and a network of sea cliffs popular with rock climbers. Descend into the Pollnagollum cave, the longest in Ireland, or take a free, guided walking tour through the National Park to learn about its plants and…

"Downpatrick Head, County Mayo, Ireland" - can you say sedimentary sandwich? ~:^)>

"Downpatrick Head, County Mayo, Ireland" - can you say sedimentary sandwich? ~:^)>

Castles:  Ballybunion Castle, Ballybunion, County Kerry, Ireland. Built by the Geraldines in the 14th century, the castle rises from an elevated point above the cliffs that extend down in both directions to White Strand shore.  It overlooks the mouth of the River Shannon.  As the castle has suffered many battles (it was destroyed during the Desmond Wars) and bad weather, and as the sea walls are gone, as well, all that now remains is a ruin. Only the East Wall still stands.

Castles: Ballybunion Castle, Ballybunion, County Kerry, Ireland. Built by the Geraldines in the 14th century, the castle rises from an elevated point above the cliffs that extend down in both directions to White Strand shore. It overlooks the mouth of the River Shannon. As the castle has suffered many battles (it was destroyed during the Desmond Wars) and bad weather, and as the sea walls are gone, as well, all that now remains is a ruin. Only the East Wall still stands.

Whiterocks Beach,Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.Stretching from Curran Strand to Dunluce Castle are the unique limestone cliffs of Whiterocks Beach.These soft sedimentary rocks have been carved through centuries into a labyrinth of caves & arches.Headlands with names like Shelagh’s Head,Giant’s Head,Wishing Arch,Elephant Rock & the Lion’s Paw rise out of the ocean.Huge caves, accessible only from the sea are home to scores of species of seabirds -- also a prime hunting ground for hawks.

Whiterocks Beach,Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.Stretching from Curran Strand to Dunluce Castle are the unique limestone cliffs of Whiterocks Beach.These soft sedimentary rocks have been carved through centuries into a labyrinth of caves & arches.Headlands with names like Shelagh’s Head,Giant’s Head,Wishing Arch,Elephant Rock & the Lion’s Paw rise out of the ocean.Huge caves, accessible only from the sea are home to scores of species of seabirds -- also a prime hunting ground for hawks.

Sea stacks are remnants of headlands left standing in the sea. This is Dun Briste, Ireland.

Sea stacks are remnants of headlands left standing in the sea. This is Dun Briste, Ireland.

(Cliffs of moher) The Cliffs of Moher are made up of layer upon layer of hardened sand, silt and mud. These sedimentary rock layer rest upon an older seqeunce of limestone rocks with a thin layer of shale is sandwiched in between Cliffs of Moher rocks and the Burren limestones.The cliffs are 320 Million years old.The Cliffs of Moher are 702 feet (214 meters) high and span across eight miles (12.8 km) along the Wild Atlantic Way.

(Cliffs of moher) The Cliffs of Moher are made up of layer upon layer of hardened sand, silt and mud. These sedimentary rock layer rest upon an older seqeunce of limestone rocks with a thin layer of shale is sandwiched in between Cliffs of Moher rocks and the Burren limestones.The cliffs are 320 Million years old.The Cliffs of Moher are 702 feet (214 meters) high and span across eight miles (12.8 km) along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Learning changes you.  This is how a geologist sees this picture. - Imgur

Learning changes you. This is how a geologist sees this picture. - Imgur

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