Imaggeo on Mondays: Irish coast

“Irish coast” by Lena Noack, distributed by the European Geosciences Union under a Creative Commons licence.

Among geoscientists, the beautiful island of Ireland is best known for its Giant’s Causeway, an area with some 40,000 polygonal columns of layered basalt that formed 60 million years ago as a result of a volcanic eruption. But another recognisable feature of the Emerald Isle, is its lush green vegetation, a product of the island’s mild climate and frequent rainfall.

It was on a rare sunny day of a two-week trip to Ireland in September 2010 that Lena Noack from Germany’s Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin capture this stunning landscape. Lena says: “I took the photograph on a holiday, a round-trip all over Ireland I did together with two friends. We wanted to see the beautiful nature the island is famous for and found it almost everywhere! The trip was an unforgettable experience, and I would love to go back one day.”

The photo beautifully showcases Ireland’s colours: the calm blue of the sea and the bright green of the pastures. It was captured along the south-western coast of the island in the Dingle peninsula.

Imaggeo is the EGU’s online open access geosciences image repository. All geoscientists (and others) can submit their images to this repository and since it is open access, these photos can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by the press and public for educational purposes and otherwise. If you submit your images to Imaggeo, you retain full rights of use, since they are licensed and distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Bárbara Ferreira was the Media and Communications Manager of the European Geosciences Union from 2011 to 2019. Bárbara has also worked as a science writer specialising in astrophysics and space sciences, producing articles for the European Space Agency and others on a freelance basis. She has a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge.

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