Scientists finally uncover mystery of how Giants Causeway was formed; Sheila Langan; Irish Central

UK – Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast

The Giant’s Causeway, the 173 acres of hexagonal basalt columns that hug the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland, has long been a source of wonder and mystery. How could nature have formed such perfect geometry? Scientists finally have the answer.

For centuries, the prevailing legend surrounding the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland was that Fionn Mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool), the mythical hunter-warrior of Irish mythology associated with the Fenian cycle, was behind the causeway’s existence, constructing it to reach his arch-rival, a giant named Benandonner, also known as the Red Man, who was believed to roam Scotland.

In the modern age, scientists have been able to attribute the formation of the 40,000 interlocking columns – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986 – to volcanic eruptions some 50 or 60 million years ago. However, the mystery behind their nearly perfect hexagonal shape has persisted.

Until now, that is.

Read more from source: Scientists finally uncover mystery of how Giants Causeway was formed

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s