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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As the glacier moved along , it took advantage of the existing relief , especially
river valleys . Armed with its contained ... The magnificent results of recent valley
glaciation of this type can be seen in the Wicklow Mountains ( Col . 10 ) and in
The ridge was interrupted by a short valley sloping to the north and a lobe of ice
pressed up the valley , deeply scouring it to a depth that in places lies below
modern sea level . Continuing south , the ice breached the watershed at the head
10 , 11 ( Above ) In the Queen Maud Mountains in Antarctica today , the Bowman
glacier , following a pre - existing valley , is cutting away the flanks of the valley
and deepening its floor . ( Opposite ) In the Wicklow Mountains about 15 , 000 ...
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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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