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                                The countdown has begun.

       The new IQUA web site will be launched next Friday, the 26th January.

                               Bright, modern and informative.

  There will also be a brand new IQUA logo too but don't worry, we haven't lost our

                       Megalocerus, just given him a make-over.



     and to celebrate here is the original letter of invitation to participate in the setting up of the proposed committee:-


                                                                 RIA committee letter1933



                The IQUA 2017 Symposium


It was great to see so many of you present at the IQUA 2017 Symposium on Drainage in Glacial Landscapes organised and superbly Chaired by Mike Simms.  Thank you once again to our speakers, to Mike (and Ben) for a great day.

 A date for the IQUA Spring Meeting has been booked.  The Meeting will take place in the Hunt Museum in Limerick ( on Saturday April 21st 2018.

 As you know the Spring Meeting invites presentations in particular from current postgraduate students, and is followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Association.  In addition in 2018 we plan to add NEW session (more anon.)For now can I have preliminary expressions of interest from our postgraduates who are hoping to present at the Spring Meeting?  We need these to help shape the format of the new session.

 Best wishes,

Dr  Catherine Dalton


           We are very proud to announce the winners of this year's Iqua Bill Watts and Research awards. After a healthy competition with some very good applications and our thorough review process, they are:

Bill Watts awards:
Martha Coleman, MU, for 2 dates,
Niamh Millward , UCD, for 2 dates,
Michelle Curran, NUIG, for 2 dates.

Research awards:
Ros Ó Maoldúin, for 2 dates,
Anthony Beese, for 1 date,
Rosie Bishop, UCD, for 2 dates.

Congratulations to all the winners. The samples will be dated by our sponsor, 14Chrono at Queen's University Belfast.
We hope to hear from the results of these dates and corresponding research at one of our upcoming spring meeting.
Good luck with the research and thanks again for your submissions.

                       2017 dating aard winners

                                     from L to R - Catherine Dalton (IQUA Chair),

                      Michelle Curran, Martha Coleman and Anthony Beese (award winners),

                                Ben Thebaudeau (Secretary) at the 2017 Symposium.


Here is the link to the You Tube video of our Burren field trip, 2016. 2016 Burren field --------------------------------------



And isn't it surprising who you see on a Dublin bus?

Martha on the bus


And here is a video about a "million year old" ice core.

Million year old ice core

The short film provides an overview of the autumn 2015 expedition to the Guliya Glacier in Tibet to drill ice cores that yielded the oldest ice outside the polar regions. The film was created by BPCRC media specialist Pam Theodotou using field footage collected by expedition.

















2017 IQUA Field meeting, South – West Donegal, 15th – 17th of September.

 Post glacial slope failure-Glen columkill

Post glacial slope failure on north side of Glencolmcill.


Below are details of our exciting IQUA field trip to South-west Donegal over the weekend of the 15th – 17th of September, 2017.

"017 Field Trip attendees.  

IQUA members at Cloghanmore Portal Tomb

This year we enjoyed a beautiful few days in Southwest Donegal.  Yet another very well attended IQUA fieldtrip with 35 attendees making the trek northwest.

A packed agenda meant that a few sites had to be dropped but we still managed to see the Derryness submerged forest, Inishkeel, Cloghanmore Court Tomb, a Station and Souterraine at Turas Colmcille, and the spectacular Sheskinmore Nature Reserve.

The IQUA committee wish to thank all the speakers.

Thanks in particular to Malcolm and Ellen for organising such a memorable weekend.
***Please note that there will be a delay in releasing the finalised Southwest Donegal Fieldguide while we add in few additional papers***



                               Brian Lacey at Cloghanmore Court Tomb.






















The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) Quaternary Geology Viewer


The viewer displays a National Quaternary geological map at 1 to 50,000 scale including quaternary sediments, main geomorphological features and erratic carraiges. The data presented in the viewer can be downloaded in shapefile format. The data download is accompanied by an explanatory report describing all the data sets and methods for data collection and compilation. The data sets are updated on a yearly basis using data collected during the previous field campaign.

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