The bogs of Ireland: an introduction to the natural, cultural and industrial heritage of Irish peatlands

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Title: The bogs of Ireland: an introduction to the natural, cultural and industrial heritage of Irish peatlands
Authors: Feehan, JohnO'Donovan, GraceRenou-Wilson, FlorenceWilson, David
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12228
Date: 2008
Online since: 2021-06-16T10:54:47Z
Abstract: The bogs were the last wilderness to take shape in the Irish landscape in the wake of the Ice Age. As they expanded, they forced back the tide of farming, and then kept the fields at bay along their inhospitable frontiers. During the first farming millennia little could be done to reclaim these barren, wet deserts and replace them with friendly fields as had been done with most of the forest wilderness. Only rarely were the bogs resorted to – to bury butter, to take a short cut, to hide the bodies of the murdered. This outlook on the bog changed for two related reasons. One was the disappearance of woodland, and the increasing scarcity of wood as a domestic fuel; the second was the increasing population. Since the publication of The Bogs of Ireland in 1996, research on Irish peatlands has been concentrated on two main areas: carbon sequestration and a re-evaluation of the prospects for afforestation of the cutaway. Apart from some minor corrections, the text of this digital version is essentially that of the original printed edition of 1996, with the exception of Chapters 5, 7 and 16, which have been expanded and rewritten to take account of recent and ongoing research and developments in these two areas.
Funding Details: Bord na Móna
Type of material: Book
Publisher: University College Dublin. Environmental Institute
Keywords: Peat bog ecologyAgricultureTurf Development BoardBord na MónaIreland
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISBN: 1898473404
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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