Galleries of the Carboniferous in the vicinity of Ballyallaban, the Burren along R480
These photographs were taken in June 2008 on the SEPM Field trip to Co Clare, Ireland, by Christopher Kendall. They are focused on outcrops the Dinantian Burren Limestone Formation where these form the karst pavements and the associated topography approx 5km south of Ballyvaughan Co Clare Ireland. Along the margins of country road R480 exposures of the Burrren Limestone Formation are composed of shallow water carbonate
s. Note the "clints" (limestone blocks) and" grikes" (joints and fractures formed by Variscan folding (Coller, 1984)) later enlarged by Pleistocene dissolution (Williams, 1966). Towards but westward from Ballyvaughan (or Ballyvaghan and/or in gaelic Baile Uí Bheacháin
) the Burrenwee topography becomes more prominent and less vegetated.
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