Junior Cycle Field Trip to Marble Arch Caves Co. Fermanagh
A group of 2nd and 3rd year Geography students travelled to the Marble Arch Caves Co. Fermanagh on Thursday 3rd April 2014. Students got real-life hands-on experience with different sections of the Junior Cert Geography course they are currently studying including weathering, glaciation and mapwork. The trip took them on a Limestone Trail along the lower slopes of the Cuilcagh Mountains (the source of the Shannon river). Students got to see features formed by chemical weathering of limestone (including a limestone pavement, a collapsed doline, a subsidence doline, and a sink hole); glacial erratics (huge boulders transported by glaciers during the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago) and to study a peat landscape. The second part of the trip involved a tour of the Marble Arch Caves where students went into underground caves and got to see stalagmites and stalactites and how underground limestone features are formed. Students loved getting to experience geography in a real landscape in the great outdoors. Without a doubt, this beautiful landscape and all we got to see made it a trip to remember.
Remains of an old cottage along the Limestone Trail
Students looking down at a sink hole along the Limestone Trail
The stream flowing underground through a limestone sink hole into a cave beneath
Underground in the caves