Geology is the study of the Earth, its processes, its materials, its history, and its effect on humans and life in general. Rocks, crystals, mountains, earthquakes, volcanoes, rivers, glaciers, landslides, floods, and many other subjects fall into this broad field of research.
The rich and varied landscape of Kerry Geopark gives a graphic illustration of the movement of the earth over the last 600 million years. Over this vast timespan the landscape has changed many times. The land where Kerry now lies has at different times been smothered by volcanic ash, submerged deep beneath the sea, heaved up to form mountain ranges and baked by a subterranean pool of molten rock. It has been bathed in the clear warm waters of a tropical coral sea, shaken by violent earthquakes and buried beneath a kilometer of ice.
Our Geopark is a geological treasure trove providing us with easy to find evidence of these volcanoes, earthquakes, rising and falling sea levels, the Ice Age and much more.