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Cliffs of Moher: Geo-Education

Themes: Elements of Geology, Landscape,
Countries: ireland 
Attachments: images(6)  documents(8) 

A visit to the Cliffs of Moher brings you to one of Ireland’s most iconic coastal landscapes. At the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience you can learn about the formation of these famous cliffs; why they are of such international importance in terms of natural and geological heritage; and why the cliffs are a Special Protection Area – especially because of the important colonies of birds that can be seen nesting and flying beneath the cliff edges.

The Cliffs of Moher are made up of layer upon layer of hardened sand, silt and mud. These sedimentary rock layer rest upon an older seqeunce of limestone rocks (the Burren’s Carboniferous limestones), with a thin layer of shale is sandwiched in between Cliffs of Moher rocks and the Burren limestones.

The flagstones quarried in the landscape nearby the cliffs are famous for the impressions on the rock face – which are called trace fossils (tracks left by a sea creature over 300 million years ago!)


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Activity 1 Infosheet: The Rocks of the Cliffs of Moher

Activity 2 Infosheet: Fossils

Activity 4 Infosheet: Tsunami Alert

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Activity 1 Worksheets: The Rocks of the Cliffs of Moher

Activity 2 Worksheets: Fossils

Activity 3 Worksheets: Earthquakes of the World

Activity 4 Worksheets: Tsunami Alert

More Geology Maps & Worksheets:

Learn about the Geology Map of the Ireland:

Learn about the Geology Map of the Burren:

View/download photograph sideshow (PDF) of the Cliffs of Moher:

Cliffs of Moher GPS Coordinates

  • 52.972114°     -9.425305°