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Geology of Ireland: A Field Guide

Product Code: MPBIE
Series: Miscellaneous titles
Author/Editor: By Pat Meere, Ivor MacCarthy, John Reavy, Alistair Allen & Ken Higgs
Publication Date: 30 April 2013
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Published by The Collins Press. Distributed by GSL from March 2014.


Studying geology in the field will draw anyone curious about how our planet works into the field time and time again. Ireland is endowed with a spectacular variety of geology. The rocks that make up the island of Ireland offer a unique window into a 2-billion-year history, a history which includes almost all types of geological settings, including sedimentary basins, shallow tropical seas, high mountain ranges and active volcanoes.

Seventeen field areas are described, showing how to venture into the field to explore the classic sites of Irish geology. Most excursions are on or near the coast and the variety of landscapes reflects the diversity of geology. Emphasis is placed on understanding processes that operated in the geological past to produce today’s rocks. Detailed ‘step-by-step’ itineraries are provided and the material is presented in a manner accessible to the non-specialist.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-84889-166-1
Publisher: Distributed by GSL
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 372
Weight: 0.85 kg


Part 1: Introduction

The Science of Geology – Introduction to Igneous Rocks – Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks – Introduction to Palaeontology – Deformation in the Lithosphere – Introduction to Metamorphic Rocks – Pleistocene Environments, Glacial Processes and Deposits in Ireland

Part 2: Field Guide

Includes field trips for: The Dingle Peninsula; Belmullet Peninsula; The Wicklow Mountains; The Mourne Mountains; The Glencolumbkille Area


Appendix A: Field Safety

Appendix B: Country Code

Appendix C: Chronostratigraphical Terminology



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