Origin and Formation of Coastal Boulder Deposits at Galway Bay and the Aran Islands, Western Ireland

  • Wibke Erdmann
  • Dieter Kelletat
  • Anja Scheffers
  • Simon K. Haslett

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Wibke Erdmann, Dieter Kelletat, Anja Scheffers, Simon K. Haslett
    Pages 1-12
  3. Wibke Erdmann, Dieter Kelletat, Anja Scheffers, Simon K. Haslett
    Pages 13-17
  4. Wibke Erdmann, Dieter Kelletat, Anja Scheffers, Simon K. Haslett
    Pages 19-68
  5. Wibke Erdmann, Dieter Kelletat, Anja Scheffers, Simon K. Haslett
    Pages 69-99
  6. Wibke Erdmann, Dieter Kelletat, Anja Scheffers, Simon K. Haslett
    Pages 101-121
  7. Wibke Erdmann, Dieter Kelletat, Anja Scheffers, Simon K. Haslett
    Pages 123-125

About this book

Introduction

This book presents geomorphological and sedimentological aspects of Holocene boulder ridges along the coastline of western Ireland (the Aran Islands and Galway Bay). Given these boulders’ size, extent and altitude, they are among the most spectacular deposits moved by marine forces worldwide and have challenged researchers to solve their enigmatic history. In particular, the question of how their features were formed (by storm waves or by tsunamis) is a matter of heated debate. The documentation is based on the authors' own field research, including observations on the boulder transport capacity of six extremely strong winter storms in the 2013/14 season. Discussing the arguments published to date and using more than 130 images for clarity, the book addresses the character, setting and extraordinary size of these boulders moved on land, comparing them with the situation along other exposed coastlines of the world.

Keywords

Aran Islands and Coastal Boulders Cliff-top Deposits Coastal Boulder Transportation and Storm Waves Coastal Geomorphology Galway Bay Ireland and Coastal Boulders Origin of Boulder Ridges Tsunamis and Coastal Boulders

Authors and affiliations

  • Wibke Erdmann
    • 1
  • Dieter Kelletat
    • 2
  • Anja Scheffers
    • 3
  • Simon K. Haslett
    • 4
  1. 1.Seminar for Geography and EducationUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  2. 2.Seminar for Geography and EducationUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  3. 3.Southern Cross GeoscienceSouthern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia
  4. 4.Coastal and Marine Research GroupUniversity of WalesCardiffUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16333-8
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16332-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16333-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4165
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4173
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