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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The coal deposits quickly disappeared , as did much of the sandstone and shale ,
until limestone was exposed over much of central Ireland . In the south , where
the rocks had been crushed into east / west folds , the limestone was thinner ...
This was later consolidated and uplifted as a fine - grained white limestone or
chalk . Siliceous debris in the ooze later coagulated as flint . In the Celtic Sea
basins , chalk accumulated to a thickness of at least 1000m . It seems that the rise
Over considerable areas of Ireland and of western Britain , the limestone is
perforated by vertical karstic pipes which contain weathered material . In one
such pipe at Ballymacadam near Cahir , the fill material contains pollen that
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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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