The Making of Ireland's Landscape: Since the Ice Age

The Making of Ireland's Landscape: Since the Ice Age

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By (author) Valerie Hall

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  • Publisher: The Collins Press
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 12mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cork
  • ISBN 10: 1848891156
  • ISBN 13: 9781848891159
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 342,171

Product description

The fascinating story of Ireland's changing landscape begins over 11,000 years ago as the last Ice Age ended. Through a combination of authoritative text and photographs, this easily accessible book describes how the landscape of Ireland has been shaped. It tells the story of how natural forces as well as people influenced the landscape, its plants and animals, and traces the history of the wild places as well as the development of the farmed landscape. The photographs, many of which are of modern subjects, emphasise how the past Irish landscape continues to resonate today.

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Valerie Hall has had a life-long interest in plants and the Irish landscape. Trained as a botanist before specializing in the history of the Irish environment, she has contributed to radio and television natural history programmes. After a lifetime of field observation and laboratory-based studies at Queen's University, Belfast, she is now Professor Emerita of Palaeoecology. She was joint author of Flora Hibernica (2001)

Review quote

'Conjures vivid pictures' The Irish Times 'This is an attractive book whose readable text is illustrated with plenty of colour photographs of objects and features in the landscape' Books Ireland

Table of contents

List of illustrations 1 Sources of evidence: clocks and fossils 2 The Ice Age ends 3 New plants and animals 4 The environment of the first Irish people 5 The influence of early farming 6 The landscape of the Irish Bronze Age 7 The landscape in late prehistoric and early historic times 8 The origins of the modern Irish landscape 9 Recent to future landscapes Bibliography Index