giants-causeway

Giant’s Causeway courtesy of Google Maps

I’ve never been to Northern Ireland; ever. I don’t know why, I’ve lived in the north west of England for most of my life where a ferry to Ireland was never far away and now I live in the north east of England where there is an airport twenty minutes away which flies there directly. I’m not sure what my excuse has been.

Anyway, as you can probably gather by now, this is a place I want to visit; the Giant’s Causeway to be specific. I think it looks fantastic. I want to see the hexagonal basalt pillars stacked up, reaching towards the sky in all their glory. I want to sit on top of the tallest one and watch the waves crash against them. I could probably hop from one stack to another all day long.

The tale of the creation of the Causeway revolves around two giants (hence the name) that did not get on. Fionn (Irish) and Benandonner (Scottish) were their names, and their story can be found here http://irlnd.co/oQiaZSW

In reality, the causeway was created by volcanic activity millions of years ago. Highly fluid molten basalt was forced up through chalk beds (forming lava) and then, as it cooled, contractions and cracking occurred, forming the shaped rock that you can take selfies at today.

The basalt formations are not unique to Ireland, they can be found all over the world (Scotland have a fair few formations of their own), but there’s something special about the Giant’s Causeway that appeals.

I know it’s only basalt, but geology rocks…