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The limestone hills of Burren, The Burren limestone desert., Landscapes, Ireland
The limestone hills of Burren

Burren is a vast limestone plateau measuring approximately 116 miČ

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The Burren limestone desert. Ireland
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The Burren limestone desert.

To the west of the Shannon, the polished rocks of the Burren limestone desert lined with caves and underground streams are the last traces of glacial erosion. The result is a landscape with a lunar appearance that has inspired several tales and legends, since the potholes on the plateau look like huge ruts left behind by giant chariots.

The Burren limestone desert.

The Burren limestone desert. , The Irish coast , Ireland
The Irish coast

A view of the indented coast in the west of the island

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The Burren limestone desert. , The Burren limestone desert , Ireland
The Burren limestone desert

Its appearance is unusual: grikes and linear cracks break the earth up into large plates called clints.

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The Burren limestone desert. , A view of the coast covered with heather , Ireland
A view of the coast covered with heather

Heather is a very resistant plant that grows in the cracks of the Burren's arid land

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The Burren limestone desert. , Burren, Ireland , Ireland
Burren, Ireland

With its 96 miČ, the region of Burren covers about 1% of the Irish territory.

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The grikes, the Burren region, The Burren limestone desert., Landscapes, Ireland
The grikes, the Burren region

Grikes are deep cracks that separate the large limestone plates. The flora that manages to grow here is incredible, including local, Mediterranean and alpine plants.

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