Even if you never had a rock collection, this is quite cool.
A handy new guide aims to help wannabe geologists (and the just plain curious) to take a closer look at the landscape for a fascinating insight into the city’s past.
Cork City Council’s new booklet A Guide to Cork City’s Geological Heritage is an easy introduction to Cork’s geology, aimed at the general public and the visitor alike.
Just a quick scan of the photos in the booklet and you may never look at parts of the city in quite the same way again.
“A Guide to Cork City’s Geological Heritage takes the reader hundreds of millions of years back in time when the area of Cork was a tropical ocean teeming with life,” they told us.
“And to even further back when the area was dominated by large floodplains with some of the first forests on Earth.
“Rocks with fossils can be found all across the city and they can tell us so much about what the area looked like over a great stretch of time.”
The guide highlights how Cork City has changed over millions of years and how the city has benefitted from its rich rock resources in more recent history.
“Geological heritage is not only about how rocks and the history of our planet, but also about us. Through the city’s geological history, we move closer to understanding our city and society and how we came to be where we are right now.”
A PDF of the booklet can be downloaded here for free and limited hard copies are available by contacting the Heritage Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 021 4924018.