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A fine Royal Plate from the Lawrence Collection featuring a geological oddity near Kenmare in Co. Kerry. “Green Stone on Lime” is the title which probably means that it is an erratic dating from the last ice age? Is it still there intact, or has the pollution and the increased movement of people toppled what thousands of years could not do?

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It is still outstanding in its field! And well done, that derangedlemur and that beachcomber australia, for finding this scientific description of our mighty stone wonder in The Irish Naturalist, September 1898, which would have been published around the time this photo was taken: “Carrigacappeen, a very remarkable erratic of Old Red grit, standing on a 6-foot pillar of Carboniferous Limestone, a striking example of denudation by solution since the Glacial Epoch”. We thank you, lemur and beachcomber, our very own "remarkable erratics"!

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_04359

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    derangedlemur

    • 20/Nov/2020 08:39:19

    www.thekingdomring.ie/blog-1/tag/Ring-of-Kerry

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    derangedlemur

    • 20/Nov/2020 08:42:25

    OSI: bit.ly/36PW3q4

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    derangedlemur

    • 20/Nov/2020 08:48:14

    There are other pictures of it on flickr but I think there'd be demarcation issues that would bring out the union if I linked to one.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Nov/2020 08:55:18

    From The Lemur's link above - "The myth goes of mighty giants on either side of the Roughty river throwing boulders at each other. One landed on Gearran Bán where Carrigacappeen lies, and the other on Knockeirka Hill where Cloghvorragh (Cloughrock) fell." https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6708024549/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Nov/2020 09:05:52

    Demarcation be damned! In 2010 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/paddyl/, who says ground to top is about three metres - https://www.flickr.com/photos/paddyl/4502519074/

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    derangedlemur

    • 20/Nov/2020 09:11:49

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Well it was you I thought would have the shop stewards out if I linked it. Are you not going to point out the occasional amazingness of flickr?

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    Foxglove

    • 20/Nov/2020 09:15:27

    that is one very large fossilised mushroom !!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Nov/2020 09:15:48

    Flickr is sometimes amazing. The https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] is always amazing!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Nov/2020 09:17:21

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove And the little man also looks like a fun guy!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 20/Nov/2020 10:37:48

    That Lemur link also has an image of 'The Irish Naturalist' Vol. VII, page 228, dated September 1898. Very similar photos to these Lawrence ones, and a detailed explanation of the geology. See - archive.org/details/irishnaturalist07roya/page/n269/mode/2up "... Elsewhere, perched blocks of great size stand on the hillside, lasting monuments of the Glacial Epoch. Two of the finest of these were visited - Cloghvorragh, a huge block of limestone of 400 tons weight, resting on the Old Red Sandstone hill of Knockeirka at an elevation of 250 feet; and Carrigacappeen, a very remarkable erratic of Old Red grit, standing on a 6-foot pillar of Carboniferous Limestone, a striking example of denudation by solution since the Glacial Epoch."

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 20/Nov/2020 12:57:07

    that's the weirdest thing you'll see today! very cool

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    JeromeG111

    • 20/Nov/2020 15:39:54

    Great shot

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Nov/2020 05:42:13

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia fun guy, I get it now!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Nov/2020 05:42:50

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Mutual admiration Friday!!

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    subarcticmike

    • 22/Nov/2020 20:03:33

    thank you for sharing the "old grit" boulder atop the "lime" limestone pedestal with the Earth Science Teaching Resource group.

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    derangedlemur

    • 23/Nov/2020 07:22:45

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland We're great! Do you want to be in our gang?

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    Trešnja

    • 06/Jan/2021 23:43:19

    Nice one 📷 Subtitle is very funny😄

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    Galilla S

    • 09/Feb/2021 20:50:11

    I'd say "Impatiently waiting for the photographer to snap the shot!" I wouldn't want to be standing under that baby.

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    hliguy

    • 27/Feb/2021 16:06:27

    Looking up, Malcolm Breezy felt a great sense of accomplishment. After all, he'd lifted that boulder without so much as a ripped stitch in his clothing. However, he decided that when he got back home he would call a hernia specialist.