Panorama of Lower Ross Formation to Upper Clare Shale in the cliffs east of the ruined castle at Leck Point just south of Drom extending to Bromore West. These Namurian outcrops of turbiditic sands and euxinic shales are accessed by road and then a gulley to the beach (see left end of panorama) through the cow pastures at Drom.
Leck Point to Bromore West - Lower Ross Formation to Upper Clare Shale
This page introduces a gallery of photographs that illustrate the geology of the Namurian Clare shales and Ross Formation where they outcrop along the southern shore of Shannon Estuary just north of Ballybunion in the cliffs from Leck Point to Bromore West.
The photographs in this gallery were taken by Christopher Kendall, and Peter Haughton. We extend our special thanks to Geoff McGee, the skipper of the vessel Draiocht base in the Carrigaholt harbour on the northern flank of the Shannon Estuary in Co-Clare, who transported us to many of the various localities featured in our photographs. The first photograph of the series should help readers to locate the other photographs of the Clare shale
and Ross formation
sediments exposed along the southern shore of the Shannon Estuary.
The gallery illustrates the character of the deepwater sediments
of the Clare Shale and Ross Formation. The base of the section here starts with deepwater black euxinic Clare shale
and is overlain by the turbidite
sheet sands of the deepwater fan lobes of the Ross Formation with sparse shallow channeling.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013