Flaggy Shore Geosite

Ballyvaughan, Co Clare
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Flaggy Shore 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.

Strewn with rocks from far away places, this shoreline provides several clues to the movement of ancient ice sheets across the Burren landscape. Pink coloured granite rocks from Connemara to the north and purple sandstone rocks from the Slieve Aughty Mountains to the east; share the shoreline with the native grey limestone rocks of the Burren.

The smooth limestone pavement of the upper shore is embedded with the fossils of creatures that lived here 330 million years ago, while the brown coloured, pitted, deep creviced limestone (biokarst) of the lower shore is being carved by living marine organisms.

If you would like to learn more about the landscape and geology of the Burren, visit one of the many Burren Learning Centres located in the Burren.

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