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simon3
2005-07-04 13:16:48
Geo differences between Mournes and WM
I'm not a geologist. As far as I know the differences are, as you say, mostly due to the much longer time that the Wicklow Mountains were around (350myears) as opposed to around 50m for the Mournes. I understand that once the Wicklows were much higher, however they have been ground down far more by erosion. The summits of the Mournes are thought to have been exposed just above the ice-sheet in some of the most recent glaciations and don't show the same sort of weathering as lower down the slopes or in the valleys. As far as I know the summits are the same granite as the rest of the Mournes. I understand there are several types of granite in the Mournes. Certainly I can't remember seeing the sort of pink granite that you get there is a few spots anywhere else I have walked. If you look at typical granite in Wicklow and then in the Mournes, there are far more cracks in Wicklow granite. The last few metres of Lugnaquillia are not made of granite, but of whatever the upwelling granite pushed up.
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