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Secrets of the Irish Landscape
This book accompanies the RTE TV series of the same name presented by Derek Mooney and screened by RTE recently. Edited by Matthew Jebb and Colm Crowley and published by Cork University Press the book follows in the footsteps of one of Ireland's greatest scientists, Robert Lloyd Praeger, as he travelled around the country charting the distribution of all plants and recording his observations of the Irish landscape and its people.
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. All aspects of the making of the Irish landscape are explored
with chapters on the Irish ice age, the artic and Mediterranean flora,
the stone age settlers and the famine amongst others. 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. Lavishly illustrated with photographs, maps and charts, this
book would be of great interest to anyone with an interest in any aspect
of Irish natural history and the impact of humans on the landscape.