The Cliffs of Moher Geosite

Liscannor Road, Co Clare
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The Cliffs of Moher Geosite

A geosite is a location that has a particular geological or geomorphological significance. As well as its inherent geological characteristics it may also have cultural or heritage significance. The geosites in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark were selected for their accessibility as well as their geological and cultural significance, to provide ease of access for visitors and educational groups. There are nine geosites in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark and they are described in detail in the book ‘Stone, Water & Ice - a geology trip through the Burren’ which is available at visitor centres and bookshops throughout north Clare.

Imagine the time taken to create the mighty and formidable Cliffs of Moher. The sand, silt and mud layers of the cliff face tell us about the local environment that existed over 300 million years ago when they were laid down in an ancient river delta. Stand on the cliff top and experience the powerful energy of the Atlantic Ocean’s wind and weather which has carved those layers of sand, silt and mud into cliffs. Examine the fossil trails in the flagstones and picture the unidentified, wormlike creature that made them as it moved across the soft sediments over 300 million years ago before they were hardened into rock.

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