The Geodiversity of Northern Ireland: The Greatest Story of Our Time
Published: 17 January 2022
Explore the vast geodiversity of Northern Ireland, in an exciting public lecture that will take you on a journey through geological time.
Northern Ireland for its size is one of the most geologically diverse places on Earth so it is perhaps not surprising to hear that this remarkable geodiversity has played a key role in shaping the very fabric of our daily lives. Geodiversity has not only shaped the natural and built environment, but its influence on our historical and cultural heritage, biodiversity, and its positive impacts on the economy and the environment as well as on our health and well-being means that it provides essential benefits for society.
Join Dr Mark Cooper, Chief Geologist with the Geological Survey for Northern Ireland as he explores this vast geodiversity, in an exciting public lecture that will take you on a journey through geological time. Mark will tell a story that covers nearly 1 billion years of Earth history beginning deep in the southern hemisphere before slowly moving northwards over time to the current position on the globe. It will include a vast array of environments and climates, with dramatic sea-level changes, erosion and deposition, changing continents and oceans, mountain building, volcanic activity and icy wastelands, all of which make up the pages of this long and multifaceted story book that has led to the diversity of Northern Ireland’s landscapes.
This event is one in a series to promote NI’s Geodiversity Charter.
This is a cooperation project between Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Cavan County Council.
This element of the project is part funded under Priority 6 (LEADER) of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the European Union. We would like to acknowledge the assistance of County Cavan Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), Cavan County Council, Breffni Integrated CLG, Department of Rural and Community Development, the EU and EAFRD in part-funding this project. Funded by the Irish Government Under the Leader Programme 2014-2020.