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Faraway Hills are Grey

in Geology/Recent/Science and Geography

The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has small cliffs that stretch across the landscape for months at a time.

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We are not from around here – Interstellar objects

in Fresh/Geology/Science and Geography
interstellar-objects

Parts of the Earth may have originally been from another part of the galaxy, having crossed light years to form what we stand upon right now. This is the suggestion of research that says that the Milky Way should be full of flying rocks like Oumuamua, the interstellar asteroid that visited our solar system in…

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Seamounts – The mountains that you cannot see

in Atlantic Ocean/Climate Change/Fresh/Geology/Science and Geography
Seamounts

We have discovered thousands of previously uncharted underwater mountains, which are also known as seamounts. They are included in the most detailed map of the ocean floor ever produced.

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The Drumlins and Vikings of Strangford Lough

in Boats/Fresh/Geology/Irish Sea

Though Strangford Lough is a long way from Scandinavia, it has an impressive Viking heritage. The ford from Old Norse Strangr Fjörðr. But it was also host to a battle between two groups of Viking rivals.

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All alone with Torr Head

in Fresh/Geology/Irish Sea/Nature
Torr Head

 For the first time in my life, I was standing in a wide expanse of raw beauty, but I was alone. (Within an hour I was in Murlough Bay saying the same). 

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The dark side of a cliff – A sense of unfairness at Fair Head

in Featured/Fresh/Geology/Nature/Recent

On my last evening in Ballycastle, I made a desperate attempt to see Murlough Bay, Torr Head, and Fair Head – in that order.  The unexpected beauty of the first two had taken me by surprise, and delayed my arrival at Fair Head car park.  By then, the fading April light was quite dim, and…

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Loughareema vanishing lake

in Fresh/Geology/Nature/Science and Geography

This is a real oddity.  A lake that works like a kitchen sink.

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A Hike in the Mountains – This one takes about 500 million years to do!

in Atlantic Ocean/Fresh/Geology
International Appalachian Trail Ireland

Fancy walking all the way from Springer Mountain in Georgia in the United States to Slieve League and onto BenNevis in Scotland? All this is possible on the International Appalachian Trail which stretches not only across an ocean, many countries, and also aeons of time.  

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Downpatrick Head – Stack and Blow Hole

in Atlantic Ocean/Fresh/Geology/Nature

The Stacks at Downpatrick Head date back 350 million years are made of limestones and shales.

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Descent into Awe – Murlough Bay

in Fresh/Geology/Nature
Murlough Bay, Antrim

Murlough Bay is in County Antrim. It is a bay which is hardly known in the south of Ireland.  One can view Rathlin Island and views across the sea to the Mull of Kintyre, Islay, Jura and various other Scottish islands.

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