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 Geology Matters Issue No 11
Introduction Director's Discourse Irish Geoscience Graduate Programme IRETHERM Dublin on the Rocks GSI Awards 2010 USGS visit GSI TELLUS Border Geoscience 2010 Conference Geoscience Initiatives Programme Staff News New Products

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Atlas of the Deepwater Irish Seabed
Enda Gallagher, GSI

Atlas of the Deep-Water Irish Seabed

GSI has been a partner in the production of a new book which, through the liberal use of stunning imagery and accessible text, provides a unique insight into Ireland’s offshore heritage. The Atlas of the Deepwater Irish Seabed results from collaborative research between University College Cork (UCC) and GSI based on Irish National Seabed Survey (INSS) data. It has been published by the renowned scientific publisher, Springer and is recognised as being the first of its kind. Indeed, Springer has revealed that its unique approach to the visual presentation of seabed topography and features is now likely to give rise to a series of similar books spread across the major marine nations of the world.

Corals and crinoid starfish
Corals and crinoid starfish cling to the wall of the Whittard Canyon in 800 metres of water.
(Photo: National Oceanography Centre, Southampton U.K.)
 
The book is a detailed compilation of stunning three-dimensional imagery featuring the submarine canyons, underwater mountains and abyssal plains that make up Ireland’s seabed territory, an area ten times that of our land mass. It sets out to explain some of the results of Ireland’s seabed mapping programme to the widest possible audience. It is specifically designed to be easily read and understood. John Joyce of the Marine Institute has provided a striking summation of the book when he described it as “being like the atlas behind the Real Map of Ireland”. How true. Ireland’s marine mapping programme is contributing to a comprehensive re-evaluation of Ireland as a territory, and now its offshore magnificence is finally being recognised and appreciated. Funding of the book by INFOMAR (the GSI/Marine Institute survey of Ireland’s inshore) was consistent with our long-term effort to encourage the wider population to consider the importance of our offshore to the Irish nation.

Book Features
The book’s authors – Boris Dorschel and Andy Wheeler from UCC, Koen Verbruggen and Xavier Monteys from GSI - describe the book in the following terms. “This atlas presents in an accessible, user-friendly format a unique insight into the hidden seabed of the deep-sea and focuses on one of the most extensively mapped areas of the world’s deep ocean revealing, for the first time, many features that have been hidden beneath the waves. Through the use of full colour imagery, including 3-dimensional seabed maps and deep-sea photography collected using deep-water robotic camera systems (ROVs), this atlas illustrates and describes the morphological features along the continental margin of the NE Atlantic both thematically and by region. Concise text descriptions and topic boxes are used to highlight and explain the features geological, biological and hydrographical importance and context in the deep sea realm. Seabed features illustrated in the atlas include many biological “hot-spots” of high biodiversity (submarine canyons, seamounts, vertical escarpments and coral carbonate mounds). The wealth of information found in the atlas can be further accessed through on-line links to a deep-marine geographical information system (GIS) of use to everybody involved in off-shore activities. For the discerning reader, suggestions for further reading provide a link to ongoing research and reference sources.”

The book was launched in November at Geoscience 2010 by the Minister for Natural Resources, Conor Lenihan. Speaking as he opened the conference Minister Lenihan said, “This is the first such Atlas of its kind world-wide, reflecting our leading role in this field. It will be a valuable resource as we seek to utilise our vast ocean resources in the years ahead. As we develop ocean energy, offshore wind and further oil and gas prospecting, an accurate map of the deep seabed will be vital.”

The Atlas can be purchased from the GSI online shop at
http://www.gsishop.ie/ or specifically at
http://www.gsi.ie/gsishop/Product.aspx?Productid=316&Catid=3
It can also be read online via the publisher’s website - http://www.springer.com/earth+sciences+and+geography/oceanography/book/978-90-481-9375-2 

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Classic Geology of the North of Ireland
Garth Earls, Ian Mitchell, Mark Cooper, Patrick McKeever (GSNI), Peadar McArdle, Brian McConnell, Enda Gallagher (GSI)

Classic Geology of the North of Ireland

A New Geology Tour Guide
GSI has partnered with the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI) in the publication of a colourful touring – or field - guide to the northern part of Ireland. It has materialised out of our growing efforts over the last decade or so to make the geological sciences palatable to more than the professional. This book blends a factual account of the rocks and landscapes with items of cultural, historical and social interest.

Laid out as a six day touring itinerary it is hoped that this mix of geology and the wider natural heritage of the area will lighten the journey between suggested stops and, perhaps, encourage visitors to stay a while, simply out of curiosity, or even to visit somewhere too often regarded as being off-the-beaten-track. The arrangement of the six days of the tour can be easily adapted to meet individual needs and the guide even stretches to including a range of accommodation options for the visitor.

The Geology
The diverse ages of rocks present in the northern part of Ireland commence in the Palaeoproterozoic (about 1800 million years old) and include representatives of all the systems up to and including the Palaeogene (60–25 million years old). Geology does not stop at political boundaries and the regional geological maps published by the Surveys show the continuity of major geological structures and lineaments that dominate the geology of Northern Ireland into the Republic of Ireland.

The wide array of rock types is also reflected in the variety of landscapes present. These extend from the high moorland of the Antrim Plateau, underlain by Palaeogene (Tertiary) basalt lavas, with the magnificent Glens of Antrim along the north and eastern coastal fringes. In the south and east are the rolling fields of Counties Down and Armagh, which are pierced by granites of the Mourne Mountains and Slieve Gullion. The rounded and glaciated peaks of the Sperrin Mountains in the northwest, give way to the maze of waterways of the Fermanagh Lakeland in the southwest. Between the Lakeland and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the deeply dissected plateau of Counties Fermanagh, Cavan and Leitrim is composed of Carboniferous rocks and is encapsulated by magnificent Benbulben, overlooking County Sligo and enshrined in the poetry of W. B. Yeats, one of Ireland’s most famous poets. Along the subdued coastline of County Sligo are quiet headlands and secluded bays reflecting the presence of horizontal Carboniferous bedrock. And finally in the northwest is County Donegal, a land of stark contrasts from the wild and windswept Atlantic Coast culminating in the impressive cliffs of Slieve League, to the deep and dank Poisoned Glen at Glenveigh National Park.


One Europe, One Geology
Enda Gallagher & Mary Carter, GSI

One Europe, One Geology
Under its Geoscience Initiatives Programme GSI has participated along with European partners in the production of a beautifully illustrated book One Europe, One Geology. The book highlights the many areas where Geoscience is serving society and it is illustrated with a wide range of examples spread right across Europe.

OneGeology is an international initiative of the geological surveys of the world. The initiative was launched in 2007 with a mission to improve the accessibility of geological data. In specific terms, the initiative is endeavouring to create “dynamic geological map data of the world available to everyone via the web”. This process is ongoing and progress has been remarkable. Of the 116 nations participating in OneGeology, 49 – including Ireland – have made geological data freely available on the web at 1:1 million scale. In fact, the European component of the OneGeology project has recently been completed, with “an interoperable ‘Surface Geology’ spatial dataset at approximately 1:1 million scale has been made available from the distributed data held by more than 20 European nations on a state-of-the-art multilingual web map portal.” This is quoted from outcomes of the project reported by Issue 11 of the OneGeology newsletter – available here
 http://www.onegeology.org/docs/onegeology_Newsletter_Issue_11.pdf

OneGeology contributed to the ‘International Year of Planet Earth’ initiative. The One Europe, One Geology book is published as a brief introduction to the relevance of geology and it highlights some of the uses to which geological information is currently being put to across our continent. The beautifully-illustrated book can be viewed and read online at this link
 http://www.onegeology.org/docs/Oneeurope_Onegeology_eBook/flash.html

Information about the wider Geology Project is available here
 http://www.onegeology.org/.

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Irish Historical Geological Maps
Mike Young (GSNI), Ray Scanlon (GSI), Robert McIntosh (BGS)

A new website has been launched that shows many historical geological maps, sections and memoirs of Ireland. These were originally published by the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI), the British Geological Survey (BGS) and their precursors. This website is an invaluable resource for researchers in the history of geology.

The website, which was developed by BGS in conjunction with GSI and GSNI, allows the collections of high resolution (300dpi) scans held by each organization, to be easily accessible and to be viewed in all their glory. These fine publications illustrate the painstaking work undertaken by the pioneers of Irish geology and provide a readily accessible record of the progress of geological mapping in Ireland.

Geological mapping at the one inch to one mile scale began in the 1840s. The mapping programme lasted 40 years with the final seven maps published in 1890. A complete set of these 1” maps is shown and two or more editions of many sheets are included. 6” maps of several coalfields, many cross-sections, and more than 100 memoirs are also presented. Brief histories of the Geological Surveys and short biographies of some of the geologists of the period are also included.

One-inch map Clew Bay

 Visit www.geologicalmaps.net

 These resources can be accessed at
http://www.geologicalmaps.net/ (or via www.gsi.ie/mapping)
where the maps and sections can be viewed at full resolution and the memoirs downloaded in pdf format.

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Bestsellers in GSI’s Walk-in-Shop and on our e-store www.gsishop.ie

 Atlas of the Deep-Water Irish Seabed

Atlas of the Deep-Water Seabed:Ireland
Price €79.99
Presented in an accessible, user-friendly format, this atlas sets out all the major features revealed during one of the largest ever deep-sea mapping campaigns. A unique insight into the morphology of the seabed along the continental margin of the North-East Atlantic, it reveals for the first time many features that have hitherto been hidden beneath the waves.

 Understanding Earth Processes, Rocks and the Geological History of Irreland

Understanding Earth Processes, Rocks and the Geological History of Ireland
Price €15.00
A. Sleeman, B. McConnell & S. Gatley (2004)
This publication comprises of a Geological map which depicts the geography (i.e. distribution) of rocks of different ages and types at the present and the accompanying book gives a historical geography (paleogeography) of each Earth period, as shown in the map legend.

 North from the Hook

North from the Hook
Price €25.00
G.L. Herries Davies (1995)
The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) is one of the world’s oldest Geological Surveys. It was founded in 1845, but its roots extend back a further twenty years to 1825. In this volume a distinguished Irish earth scientist and historian of science tells, for the first time, the story of the Survey over its life of 150 years.

 Written in Stone - DVD

Written in Stone - DVD
Price €25.00
P. Kennan (1995)
The Written in Stone television series was commissioned by GSI and aired on RTE in 1995 and again in 2006. A DVD and book were also produced as part of GSI’s celebration of 150 years in existence. The DVD describes the geology of Ireland, beautifully illustrated and explained by one of Ireland’s most renowned experts and greatest communicators in earth science, Dr. Pádhraig Kennan.

 Rock around Ireland

Rock around Ireland - A guide to Irish geology
Price €20.00
P. McArdle, 2008
Number 2 in the Science Spin Discovery Series. This highly illustrated hardback book is an accessable introduction to the geology of Ireland. 112 pages, hardback.

 Bedrock Geological Map of Ireland

Bedrock Geological Map of Ireland 1:500,000 scale
Price €10.00
Bedrock Geology of Ireland, compiled by B. McConnell and S. Gatley (2006)
Derived from the Geological Survey of Ireland 1:100,000 Bedrock Map Series and the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland 1:250,000 Geological Map of Northern Ireland.

Earthquakes - Our Trembling Planet

Earthquakes - Our Trembling Planet
Price €8.00
BGS publication. S. van Rose & R. Musson (1997)
Part of the BGS Earthwise series this book looks at the geological background to earthquakes and the how, where and why they strike and why some parts of the world suffer more than others.

Volcanoes

Volcanoes
Price €8.00
BGS Publication. S. van Rose & I.F. Mercer (1999)
Published by the Natural History Museum as part of a series this issue deals with Volcanoes and how they erupt, famous eruptions and hoe volcanoes can bring prosperity to the millions of people who live nearby.

The Story of the Earth

The Story of the Earth
Price €3.50
F.W. Dunning, P. J. Adams, J.C. Thackray, S. van Rose, I.F. Mercer & R.H. Roberts (1981)
This booklet, complete with colour photographs and diagrams describes the earth’s crust and the key theories for an understanding of the structure of the earth.

Earthquakes

Earthquakes
Price €3.50
BGS publication. S. van Rose (1983)
This booklet investigates the nature, distribution, causes and effects of these transcient but terrifying natural events, and look at the possibilities of averting their most disastrous consequences.

A Story through Time

A Story Through Time - The Formation of the Scenic Landscape of Ireland (North)
Price €6.50
P.J. McKeever (1999)
The scenery of the 12 northern counties of Ireland is world renowned. This book highlights the story behind these scenic landscapes and proves that they are more than just stories. Spanning nearly 2000 million years of Earth history, this is the story of the formation of the rocks and landscapes of Ireland (North).

An A to Z of Geology

An A to Z of Geology
Price €5.99
A simple well-illustrated A to Z of Geology, aimed at the 11-14 age bracket. GSI has cooperated with the Sherkin Island Marine Station on the production of an A-Z Guide to Geology. It is primarily aimed at children in the 11-14 age bracket. However, this simple, well-illustrated guide will also be of interest to primary school teachers, secondary school geography teachers and the wider general public. Indeed anybody who has ever wondered a little about Planet Earth and its resources should find this book interesting.

Colouring Books

Colouring Books
Price €1.95 each
Aimed at younger readers, these books will give you a chance to colour, identify and learn. Also included are the English, Latin and Irish names where possible.

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