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 Soils

To the west of Lough Corrib, lies a region called Connemara. It has no official borders but is often described  as stretching along the Galway City to Oughterard road, skirting Lough Corrib. From there this eastern boundary links Oughterard (along the western shore of Lough Corrib) towards the Hill of Doon and then veers northwards to meet the Galway-Mayo border by Lough Nafooey (Whilde, 1994).

In this Connemara region whose boundaries to the west and south are defined by the Atlantic Coastline, there are 4 different soil types (Whilde, 1994). These are: (1)blanket peat on the Galway granite hills and lowlands to the north; (2) very shallow stony soils with rock outcrops on the Twelve Bens, the Maumturks and the hills of Joyce’s Country; (3) peaty podzols on some of the lower hills and (4) shallow stony soils along the coast.

Shallow brown earths occur mainly along a corridor by the Galway City to Oughterard road with two pockets of raised bog at the point where the River Corrib meets Lough Corrib and also north-east of Moycullen towards Lough Corrib.

Environmental Protection Agency - Soils database.

The EPA website allows the user to look up an area to find out the geochemical make-up of the soil. It provides basic information on the land-use, rock-type as well as the soil type. See relevant links for more information.

Soil Map of Ireland (1980)

For those who wish to gain a greater understanding behind the mechanisms of soil formation, soil-types, factors influencing soil formation etc. then this explanatory bulletin produced in 1980 by the then An Foras Talúntais (Teagasc) is helpful. The soil map is produced in black-and-white and so is not very clear. Much of the information provided still applies to today’s world.

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