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Mitchell, Where has Ireland come from? Mitchell, Frank. Where has Ireland come from ? Dublin, Town House and Country House, 2000. 16 cm x 24 cm. 62 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Slight yellowing of page edges. [The Irish Treasures Series]

Includes for example the following sections: Plate tectonics; mountain-building; glaciation / Life on the sea-shore / The first ‘Emerald Isle’; primitive land-plants; freshwater fish / A west-European upheaval; mountains of south-west Ireland; deserts return / Modern temperatures set in; erosion continues apace / Alternating cycles of heat and cold; changing woodlands / Woolly mammoth and other animals; permafrost and pingos / The first human inhabitants; Larnian settlements etc.

″Frank Mitchell and a group of fellow-naturalists hop aboard a magic carpet which whisks them back in time, some 1700 million years, on a mammoth geological tour of Ireland. Professor Mitchell provides an eye-witness account of the major changes occurring over the million years of their journey, which begins 6km north-west of the Inishowen coast in Donegal, on the tiny island of Inishtrahull, site of the oldest rock so far recognised in Ireland. The travellers witness mountain peaks forming, primitive land-plants appearing and new life-forms developing in the oceans, as the constantly changing climate and erosion shape and reshape the landscape. They are present for the birth of the modern Atlantic Ocean; they stand aside as volcanoes erupt to form the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim. They experience the cold of the Ice Age, and the reappearance of woodland as the ice retreats. They are there to welcome the first human inhabitants, the Mesolithic hunter-gatherers, and their descendants, the first farmers. ″ (Publisher)

Keywords: Archaeology, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish landscape, Palaeontology

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