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Cliffs of Moher

 

The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most outstanding coastal features in Ireland and also some of the highest coastal cliffs in Europe. They are located at the south-western edge of the Burren region in County Clare. These cliffs are approximately 14 kilometers long, and they rise to 214 meters at their highest point, just north of O’Brien’s Tower.

O’Brien’s Tower was built in 1835 and has also served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years. These cliffs were formed about 320 million years ago during the Carboniferous period.

 

Quick Facts: –

  • The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland and visited by more than one million people a year.
  • The cliffs are formed from sedimentary rocks and the rocks are mainly sandstone and shale.
  • The ‘Cliffs of Moher’ are also known as ‘Aillte an Mhothair’ in the Irish language.
  • These cliffs are home to 20 different species of birds along with more than 30,000 pairs of seabirds.
  • This area also serves as a breeding site for these seabirds.
  • The area surrounding the cliffs was classified as a Refuge for Fauna in 1988.
  • The rock layers are rich in fossil formations and the oldest rocks are found at
    the bottom of the cliffs.
  • Currently, these cliffs are undergoing coastal erosion. Because of this, sections of the upper cliff collapse into the sea.
  • Various land mammals including badgers, stoats and rabbits also call this area home.
  • Where the cliffs stand now was once the mouth of a river which ran into the sea.

 

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