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A Visit to Ireland: Part 9) the Giant’s Causeway

Giant’s Causeway 071  On the Giant’s Causeway

How can you resist visiting a geologic formation created by giants?  I couldn’t!  Situated on a five mile stretch of Northern Ireland’s rugged Antrim coast, the Giant’s Causeway is well worth going out of your way to see.  In fact, visiting it was the main reason we came to Northern Ireland on this trip.

The Causeway is comprised of an interlacing honeycomb of some 40,000 basalt columns of varying heights, mostly of hexagonal-shape but some pieces being five and seven-sided.  These columns are arranged in a stair-like fashion that’s fun to walk on and explore.

Geologists tell us these columns are due to ancient volcanic eruptions some 60 million years ago, with lava cooling under the right conditions resulting in the …

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