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Tomorrows Geologist

Five months old Aoife is introduced to the beauty, mineralogical composition and texture of granite. (Pink = potassium feldpsar; whitish = plagioclase feldspar; grey = quartz; dark brown = biotite; black = iron ore. The texture is igneous with no evidence of deformation).

Barry Long, Dublin

Burren Erratic On the Burren landscape is this Erratic, a type of rock that differs from the rock native to this area - the Karst limestone. As the Ice Age retreated northwards large boulders that had been carried southwards by the glaciers were occasionally deposited on the region lying underneath, in this case the Burren in Co Clare. You need look no further than across Galway Bay from the Burren to Connemara, this area consists of granite so perhaps this lonely granite rock is from there.

Sean Tomkins, Galway
Chevron Folds The photo shows the distinctive chevron folds in the interbedded limestone turbidites and black shales of Loughshinny
These chevron folds are thought to be the furthest north expression of the Variscan Orogeny.

Sarah Grimes, Co. Dublin
Sea Arch Water and wave-worn sea-arch at Mizen Head, showing folds in the sandstone. Erosion has caused the formation of the arch, which may eventually collapse entirely into the sea.

Catherine Bushe, Co. Dublin

Sally Gap

 Photo taken on up at the Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains 08/01/12. The landscape is so barren up there - I love to head up with my camera when I can. The entire area is so atmospheric and the landscape is quite rocky, and often there are no trees for miles.

Aoife Hester, Co. Wicklow

Horse Island vein It's a view of a mineral vein at Horse Island / Geevraun Mine, County Mayo, with a small trial working near sea level. This section of the vein was barren. The mine was worked 1856-1859.

Alastair Lings, Galasheils, Scotland
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