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Secrets of the Irish Landscape [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Matthew Jebb , Colm Crowley , Jebb Matthew
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3 May 2013
This book examines many little understood aspects of the Irish Landscape from the last Ice Age until now. Historians, archaeologists, biologists and earth scientists each bring their unique take on how the landscape and the life it supports have been crafted by natural and human events. Some of the great enigmas of the past are now being unravelled, and this book gives a fascinating and fresh glimpse of how Ireland s unique and stunning ecosystem has evolved. The latest scientific theories, techniques and methods are used to bring readers up-to-date on each of these remarkable stories. Unravelling this history, as revealed through the chapters of this book, uses a wide array of evidence and clues, some ingenious; to build an amazing history that is part of all our pasts. The endeavours of humans whether in politics, art or territorial ambition are every bit as important as great ice-sheets, climatic catastrophes and even microscopic plant diseases in shaping and understanding this landscape of ours. The book also celebrates the pioneering work of Robert Lloyd Praeger. In 1895 Praeger began a pilgrimage across Ireland that was to last five years. His aim was to chart the distribution of all plants across the country. His observations of the landscape and its people became a classic of Irish travel writing in The Way That I Went. Praeger pondered the question of where the flora of Ireland come from, and conducted some of the greatest investigations into these matters with the Clare Island survey which was completed in 1913 this being its centenary year. Inspired by Praeger, modern experts are unravelling these stories using new techniques and methods, and bring together their recent findings to unravel the remarkable secrets of the Irish landscape.

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  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Cork University Press (3 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782050108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782050100
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 28.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Jebb is the Director of National Botanic Gardens in Dublin and Colm Crowley is Head of Production in RTE, Cork

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. 26 Jun 2013
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Very pleased with the book, excellent illustrations, the only very slight critisism is that there were no captions to the pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded expectations 29 Jan 2014
This book is unusual in the way that it strikes a nice balance between the lightness of a book accompanying a tv show and the sort of detail that I like to get in a book. The chapters on the ice age are a highlight. I'd say anyone with a passing interest in Irish earth sciences would appreciate it as a present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 31 Dec 2013
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It was everything it claimed to be and more. My husband is in a nursing home and has difficulty concentrating and reading but he has spent many hours just looking at it. I was surprised how low the cost was with such a quality book. For the enjoyment it has given John, tis priceless
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 29 Jun 2013
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someone siad that geology is time and pressure mixed together, but this is an excellent book
gives a great explanation of how the irish landscape was shaped trhrough the aeons
i just hope that it will be possible to buy the accompanying tv series as welll at some point
well done RTE
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 23 Aug 2013
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Wow this is a great book looking at the maopping of the changes that man has had on Ireland and the evidence left behind.
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