Burren limestone pavement

Burren limestone pavement

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Panoramic view of limestone pavement at the Burren. The limestone is from the Carboniferous Period, and was deposited in a warm, shallow tropical sea. Erosion has caused the bedding planes to be exposed as limestone pavements, the fissures and cracks are havens for plants and animals.

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Keywords: bedding plane, burren, carboniferous, clare, ireland, karst, karstic, limestone, pavement, scenery

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