Monday, September 8, 2008
Source: Qole Pejorian
Source: C Wess Daniels
Ireland's colony of columns
The Giant's Causeway lies at the foot of the basalt cliffs along the coast on the edge of the Antrim plateau in Northern Ireland. It is made up of some 40,000 massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea.
Geological studies of these formations over the last 300 years have greatly contributed to the development of the earth sciences, and show that this striking landscape was caused by volcanic activity some 50–60 million years ago.
The Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast site was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The site is of outstanding universal value and meets two of the criteria set out in the World Heritage Convention. Firstly it is an outstanding example representing major stages of the earth’s history, including a record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features. Secondly, it contains superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance.
Definitely a place to visit in Ireland.
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