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Hook Lighthouse, Hook Head, Co. Wexford, Ireland

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 52° 7' 25'' North , 6° 55' 45'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 52.12375,-6.92937
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate


Series of calcite veins in limestone, exposed below the lighthouse. A small quantity of the veins contain galena and minor pyrite. The rocks form part of the wave-cut platform and are therefore exposed to the sea. In many places the coarse vein calcite has dissolved away to leave the galena (showing mainly an octahedral form) attached to the remaining limestone.

This locality is better known for its Lower Carboniferous fossil fauna and hammering the outcrops is discouraged.

Irish Grid Ref: X733 973
ITM: 673241 597351


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3 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Early Carboniferous
323.2 - 358.9 Ma



ID: 3192030
Paleozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Mississippian (323.2 - 358.9 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Early Carboniferous
323.2 - 358.9 Ma



ID: 3145313
Dinantian

Age: Mississippian (323.2 - 358.9 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{limestone}, Minor{claystone,sandstone}

Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3. [147]

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