Sedimentary Layers

Rock Layers, Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

(Liscannor Bay is visible near the top of the picture)

Layers upon layers of sedimentary rock, of different composition, are visible at the cliff face. Rock that easily splits into flat flags is quarried at nearby Doolin and marketed as Doolin Stone. It has many fossilised animal tracks and is used on footpaths in many heritage centres all over the country. The visitors centre at the Cliffs is built from the same stone. Note also local drystone walls.

(Some daredevil tourists on one of the ledges show the dimensions.)