Geology of Ireland: A Field Guide

Geology of Ireland: A Field Guide


By (author) Pat Meere, By (author) Ivor MacCarthy, By (author) John Reavy, Edited by Alastair Allen, Edited by Ken Higgs


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  • Publisher: The Collins Press
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 240mm x 20mm | 720g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Cork
  • ISBN 10: 1848891660
  • ISBN 13: 9781848891661
  • Illustrations note: Photos and maps
  • Sales rank: 175,133

Product description

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.

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Author information

Dr Pat Meere, Dr John Reavy and Prof. Ken Higgs lecture in Geology at University College Cork. Dr Ivor MacCarthy and Dr Alistair Allen are retired lecturers in Geology at University College Cork. Ken Higgs is Associate Professor of Geology at University College Cork.

Review quote

'The joy of the book is in the field trips.' Irish Mountain Log 'Excellent introduction to geology for the amateur and also a good refresher for the practicing geologist.' Institute of Geologists of Ireland newsletter 'Marvellous - an excellent book.' OUGS Journal 'Excellent and easily understood overview.' MountainViews