Reading the Irish Landscape
This is the third revision of this seminal work. Co-authored by original author Frank Mitchell and now Michael Ryan, the result is a stunning collaboration between masters giving all the elements of the original book, modified, updated and further enhanced by the inclusion of a new narrative of Irish archaeology from the Stone Age to the Norman Invasion. Together they have successfully undertaken the daunting task of giving in one book the story of the shaping of the land from the beginning of time until now, by all tbe varying forces of nature, sea, climate, man and machine. The story takes in the shaping of the crust, the movement of glaciers, the first men and their primitive agriculture, their buildings and their effect on the forests, the growth of bogs, new migrations, the rise of the monasteries of the Early Christians and the castles of conquest, the devastation of war, urban growth, modern agriculture and afforestation, all set against the backdrop of the landscape, arguably one Ireland's most precious resources.
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Twenty - three cold / warm Marine Oxygen Isotope Stages ( here abbreviated to
MS ) have been recognised in the oceanic record ; these have been numbered ,
counting downwards from the top . In each stage , a short cold phase is followed
We have seen that the earth passes through major cycles of heat and cold of
approximately 100 , 000 years duration and that this pulse can be affected by
minor cycles which , though shorter in length , can be of considerable severity .
Radiocarbon dating has shown that the cold spell began about 10 , 600 years
ago and that it ended about 10 , 000 years ago ; it therefore had a duration of not
more than 600 years . The North Atlantic Ocean , which by about 13 , 000 years ...
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A fascinating read - taking a multi-disciplinary approach to describe the forces from geology to human activity to make the modern Irish Landscape. Constantly absorbing, never dull and with jargon kept to a minimum it is, nonetheless, a rigorous tour-de-force through history, geography, geology and archaeology through to modern planning.
It is a book that not only explains why things as they are - but arms you with the knowledge to change things to how you want them to be.
The End of the Ice
Response to Warm Conditions
The First Farmers c 42002500 BC
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