Burren events to mark Earth Science Week

Burren events to mark Earth Science Week

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Participants of a recent Geopark field trip at Fanore explore the impact of climate change on the Clare coastline
Participants of a recent Geopark field trip at Fanore explore the impact of climate change on the Clare coastline

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark is marking Earth Science Week 2014 by hosting a number of events.

Earth Science week was initiated in 1998 by the American Geosciences Institute which has been holding events in the third week of October ever since. Geological associations and institutes around the world now participate to promote awareness and education of all aspects of Earth Science.

Among the events being hosted by the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark is a fieldtrip for university students looking at climate change in the rocks of the Burren.  There will also be a water tracing project for transition year students from Lisdoonvarna Secondary School, which is being supported by the Clare Caving Club, the Geological Survey of Ireland and Clare County Council.

Earth Week celebrations in the Geopark get underway on Sunday 19th October starting with a free public guided walk for all ages along the coast of Fanore. The free, guided family walk along gets underway from Fanore carpark at 10am. The theme of the event will be the exploration of very ancient and more recent climate change and how it has affected the landscape of the Burren.

Earth Science Week is promoted throughout Ireland by Earth Science Ireland, a voluntary organisation established in 2000 to increase the public understanding of Earth Science throughout the island of Ireland.

Fanore beach as photographed by Noel Ball in July
Fanore beach as photographed by Noel Ball in July

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