What is a rock? What is a stone?

Daisies are a plus

Enjoying travel on a horse trap, a type of carriage, on Inishmore , the largest Aran Island in Galway bay, we headed up Cottage Road from Kilronan, the main island settlement. It was from Kilronan we disembarked from the ferry, hired the driver and trap. Our destination an Iron Age fort, Dun Aengus, and sights along the way.

Dry Stone walls abound throughout Ireland.Β  Ancient walls, buried in peat, were discovered in County Mayo and dated to 3,800 BC.Β  This is a field wall on Cottage Road with daisies growing at the wall base.

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Roadside Daisies against dry rock wall on Cottage Road, Inishmor

The wall is composed of stones, not rocks. I have read in places a stone is a rock put to use or shaped by human hands. Other usages have rock and stone used interchangeably. For example, an internet search on “Dry Rock Wall” will return hits on the same. “You pays your money and takes your choice.”

Sources for this post: search Wikipedia for “Dry Stone”.

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23 thoughts on “What is a rock? What is a stone?

  1. Beautiful place to visit and I do find these Dry Stone walls very attractive and impressive.
    Didn’t know how old some were.
    Across the Irish Sea you will find Northern England have the same. I lived in Yorkshire where the moors were divided with same kind of walls.


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  2. I’d never thought about the difference between a stone and a rock — or why we have two words that I thought had the same meaning until I read this blog post. Very interesting possible difference in meaning! I’ll never look at a rock or a stone the same way.

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