Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

A Geology of Ireland



Regional geologists are among the unsung heroes of the earth sciences. They make maps in the field and draw stratigraphic and structural cross sections that they control by laboratory faunal, stratigraphic, and petrographic studies. Our knowledge of how the world worked in the past depends on the accumulation of many years of this kind of unglamorous data acquisition. In Ireland, field work has often been difficult: it rains a great deal, much of the solid geology is buried beneath Quaternary cover, and political and economic considerations at times in the past have not always encouraged geologic research.