|Burren (c) Sheila R. Lamb|
|Burren flora (c) Sheila R. Lamb|
The vast area of limestone is a remnant to the last Ice Age that ended about 15,000 years ago. What is left, besides the rock, are high Alpine plants and flowers that grow in the grikes, fissures within the rock.
Mediterranean and arctic flora are also found in the Burren, a rare co-existence of three flora species. Irish Fireside has posted beautiful photographs of Burren wildflowers.
|Ringfort (c) Sheila R. Lamb|
Evidence of human existence, from prehistoric time, is evidenced by dolmens, megalithic tombs, and ring forts.
Millennia of human habitation led to the deforestation.
|Burren limestone grikes (c) Sheila R. Lamb|
|Burren ponies (c) Sheila R. Lamb|
For more geology, archaeology, and history of the Burren, check out these resources: