Results from Field Work

  • Wibke ErdmannEmail author
  • Dieter Kelletat
  • Anja Scheffers
  • Simon K. Haslett
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)


This chapter documents the distribution of very large single coastal boulders from recent storm waves along the most exposed shorelines of Inishmore and Inishmaan as well as from the more protected coast of inner Galway Bay, as well as signatures of the movement process in the form of striations or impact marks on rock and boulders. A comparison of the size and transport distances of freshly moved boulders, old boulders moved recently, and the minimum size of old boulders not recently moved although within the surf belt allows to find a threshold for storm wave power on boulder dislocation. For an objective judgement, field documents from other exposed rocky coastlines of the world are also presented.


Boulder size Recent movements Signatures of movement Inishmore Inishmaan Galway Bay Worldwide comparison 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wibke Erdmann
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dieter Kelletat
    • 1
  • Anja Scheffers
    • 2
  • Simon K. Haslett
    • 3
  1. 1.Seminar for Geography and EducationUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  2. 2.Southern Cross GeoScienceSouthern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia
  3. 3.Coastal and Marine Research GroupUniversity of WalesCardiffUnited Kingdom

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