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Yesterday we got into the field and explored up within the glacial valleys of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. What initially started as a reconnaissance/site scouting mission soon turned into me collecting my first samples as we encountered a few boulders that were too good to pass up. As we kept moving further and further into the valley we kept finding more moraines. Eventually the weather turned sour and we had to call it a day. The high winds and horizontal rain were a little too much to tolerate on the second day.

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The weather was worse today, especially up on the mountains, so we used this as an opportunity to drive out to the Dingle Peninsula and site scout some cirques. The peninsula is a beautiful area of Ireland with great views of the Atlantic Ocean from high cliffs. After driving the perimeter, we drove up and over Conor Pass to search out the cirques. Unfortunately the cloud cover wasn’t cooperating and it was difficult to determine if there were moraines or even boulders worth sampling. Fortunately we did find a cirque with an ice fall and the possibility of multiple sampling sites. It is also historically significant as the site were the ice ages were first recognized in Ireland.

Here is a nice view on the peninsula.

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After two over night flights, visiting family in NYC, and more money than I like in baggage fees, I arrived in Ireland this morning. I was picked up at Shannon Airport by my adviser Peter and his field experienced wife, Jorie. Immediately we set out from the airport for Killarney in County Kerry with the goals of staying awake and prepping for the field work. We grabbed a few supplies in town including this Discovery Series topographic map of Ireland.

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After getting settled and grabbing some dinner we drove out to eyeball tomorrow’s field site, the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, in person. Having spent a significant amount of time scouting this site through Google Earth it was an impressive and exciting experience to see just how massive these features really are. In the handful of minutes we were there we already started putting together a game plan and finding areas to sample. It’s looking like this will be a good field site. Hopefully the weather cooperates and we stay dry this week.

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