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Location: Turloughmore.
19 km north-east of Galway city. On the Galway Roscommon Road.
(53.380132, -8.849698)
Open: n/a
Fee: n/a
Classification: Karstkarst lake Turlough
Light: n/a
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: yes
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Turloughmore is Irish, and means a "large turlough". And turlough or turlach are seasonal or periodic water bodies, found mostly in limestone karst areas of Ireland, west of the River Shannon. Tur means dry and loch means lake, so these are seasonally dry lakes. In other words, turlough is the Irish version of a karst lake. In the winter there are more rains and the water table rises and the loch isfilled with water. During summer there is less precipitation and the level of the karst water lowers, the lake becomes dry.