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Magnetism and Water on Mars

in Fresh/Science and Geography

NASA’s InSight lander, which arrived on the Red Planet in November 2018, is making measurements of Mars’s magnetic field from the surface, which may help us find water deep underground. While this might trigger thoughts of dowsing there are some scientific reasoning behind the idea. 

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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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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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More than Moher – The Slieve Liag Cliffs

in Atlantic Ocean/Fresh/Geology

Sliabh Liag, sometimes Slieve League or Slieve Liag  is a mountain on the Atlantic coast of County Donegal, Ireland. At 601 metres it has some of the highest sea cliffs on the island of Ireland. 

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Where Glaciers meet Ancient Tombs – Carrowkeel, Sligo

in Fresh/Geology/Prehistoric

Carrowkeel is located near Lough Arrow, overlooking the village of Castlebaldwin. While famed for its neolithic sites, it is also a great example of glaciation.

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Little piece of home – Earth rock found on the Moon

in Fresh/Geology/Science and Geography

A clump of granite might prove that pieces of the Earth ended up on the moon. This granite might also be the oldest Earth rock found anywhere.

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Coal, Sandstone, and Pebbles: Ballycastle, Antrim

in Fresh/Geology/Nature
Ballycastle shingle

The Ballycastle area is the only coastal location of Carboniferous coal seams in Ireland. It is also an unusual mix of three different periods of geological change.

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