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Burren Outdoor Education Centre
Turlough,
Bell Harbour
Co. Clare, Ireland

Tel. 065 7078066
Fax. 065 7078195

Office hours 9am-5pm
Lunch 1pm-2pm

Email: burrenoec@lcetb.ie

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field-studies-geographyGEOGRAPHICAL FIELDWORK

GEOGRAPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS FOR THE LEAVING CERTIFICATE

Our one-day projects are specially designed for the geography fieldwork investigation topics each year. In all our projects students are involved in using various items of equipment to make measurements and collect data that can be used for presentation and analysis.

2017 PROJECTS

 TOPIC 5:- A STUDY OF THE GEOLOGY OF A LOCAL AREA AND ITS IMPACT ON LANDSCAPE DEVELOPMENT.

Two projects are available, both have been used before:

1: To examine the role of geology on the Burren’s landscape at Slieve Elva.

In this study the main rock types found in the Burren will be identified and their effect on the landscape recorded. Students will also examine the impact of the different rocks on landscape features, vegetation and land use.

2: To examine the impact of geology in the Burren’s landscape at Mullach Mor.

In this study students will identify the rock making up the Burren using various means. Aspects of the landscape will be recorded and related to the geological structure. The impact of water on the landscape will be examined and the influence of geological factors on one particular landform will be studied.

TOPIC 6:- AN INVESTIGATION OF THE IMPACT OF THE PROCESSES OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEPOSITION ON THE FORMATION OF ONE COASTAL LANDFORM.

Two projects are available, both have been used before:

1: A study of sand dunes at Bishops Quarter beach

This study examines factors involved in the formation of sand dunes, looking at the role of marram grass in their growth by recording different sand dune zones and measuring sand dune height. Longshore drift, wind speed and wind direction will be measured.

2: A study of Creg beach, Liscannor Bay.

In this study students will record data to examine how pebbles are deposited on a beach and record examples of deposition features. The direction of longshore drift will recorded and related to wind speed and direction. The impact of longshore drift on a river mouth will also be observed.

2018 projects

TOPIC 5: TEST THE HYPOTHESIS THAT GEOMORPHIC PROCESSES OF EROSION SHAPE THE LANDSCAPE IN A FLUVIAL, COASTAL OR GLACIAL ENVIRONMENT WITH REFERENCE TO ONE SPECIFIC LANDFORM.

In this study students will use secondary sources to estimate the amount of cliff edge in Liscannor bay. Then they will examine two different cliffs - examining the rock material and assessing the effect of different geomorphic processes. Measurements include cliff height, pebble shape, wind speed and direction plus wave frequency and type. Observations and sketches will be made at each location.

TOPIC 6: THE IMPACT OF GEOMORPHIC PROCESSES ON THE SURFACE LANDSCAPE IN A KARST ENVIRONMENT.

Two projects are available, both have been used before:

1: A study of limestone pavement at Black Head, Co. Clare.

A detailed study of the development of a limestone pavement. Measurements of depth, width and direction are made of a series of grykes using a transect line. These results will be analysed to test if gryke depth (and width) increases over time; and if the grykes have a random orientation. A number of glacial erratics and associated pedestals will be examined to estimate a rate of limestone erosion. Sketches of a number of features will also be made.

 2: A study of limestone erosion near Mullach Mor, Co. Clare.

 This study looks at the development of the Burren landscape in broad terms using the cycle of erosion concept. Two locations at the mature stage and old age stage are visited so a number of features will be seen – limestone pavements, turloughs and poljes.

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GENERAL BURREN STUDIES

KARST FEATURES
The limestone landscape of the Burren is unique in Ireland and examples of most karstic land forms can be seen here. The extensive limestone pavements with their clints and grykes clearly illustrate the process of chemical erosion.
CAVES
Caves are an important feature of limestone areas and extensive caves are known beneath the Burren's surface. Instructors are available who can lead small groups into wild caves.
DRAINAGE PATTERNS
Near Lisdoonvarna, the limestone is overlain by impermeable rock with surface drainage providing a strong contrast to the high Burren where there are many dry valleys and closed depressions ranging from small dolines and turloughs to the large polje at Carron.
GLACIATION
There are many excellent examples of glacial action in the Burren. These include glaciated valleys, moraines and erratics.

 
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