Tender and Memorious Ground by Marie Cullen
“320 million years ago, a century, a quarter of a mile, a couple of paces…
This bare, soluble limestone is a uniquely tender and memorious ground. Every shower sends rivulets wandering across its surface, deepening the ways of their predecessors and gradually engraving their inital caprices as law into stone.
And every hairline fracture the rock has sustained throughout its geological troubles is eventually found out by the rain and dissolved into a noticeable cleft, and so re-inscribe like visible scars the old invisible wounds.”
Tim Robinson, Stones of Aran
Civilisation exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice. Will Durant, writer, historian, philosopher