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Cliffs of Inishmore, Ireland

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This image available for Sponsorship, is of the Cliffs of Inishmore, Aran islands, County Galway, Ireland Latitude / Longtitude: (53°07’ N, 9°45’ W)
 



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Off the Irish coast, the Aran Islands—Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer—have cliffs that rise to heights of 300 feet (90 m) and guard Galway Bay from the rough winds and currents of the Atlantic Ocean. Inishmore, the largest of the islands (9 by 2.5 miles, or 14.5 by 4 km), is also the most populous, with nearly 1,000 inhabitants. For centuries the inhabitants helped to fertilize the rocky soil of these islands by regularly spreading a mixture of sand and algae on the ground, intended to provide the thin layer of humus necessary for farming. Rare ferns and flowers find this a welcoming environment. To protect their plots of land from wind erosion, the islanders built a great network of windbreaking walls, totaling some 7,000 miles (12,000 km) in length, which lend these lands the appearance of a gigantic mosaic. The Aran Islands derive most of their resources from fishing, farming, and herding, and they receive a growing number of tourists, particularly attracted to the majestic fortress of Dun Aonghasa that dominates the Atlantic coast, and the hermitages and churches that are traces of the early days of Christianity in Ireland.




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