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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Nourished only by rainwater , the bog community slowly builds up a dome - like
mass of highly humified Sphagnum - peat . As the bog grows , the local water
table rises and the fen - peat creeps still higher up the surrounding slopes , killing
humified Sphagnum - peat had been dissected by deep gullies , leaving
upstanding ridges of peat between ; the ridges could be traced into the adjoining
peat - faces . The effect was so marked that at one stage it was thought that these
Frank Mitchell, Michael Ryan. slope might overcome the strength of the peat ; the
vegetation - mat would tear , the lower peat would undergo a thixotropic reversal
to the liquid state and would flow out from under the upper fibrous peat . Such a ...
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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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