The Giant’s Causeway

By on August 14, 2012 // World, Yesterday's Myths & Mysteries // 0 Comments

As the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom, the Giant’s Causeway sits right on the coast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

This is where thousands of basalt pillars rise from the ground, the result of volcanic activity some 60 million years ago.

The columns appear almost handcrafted, designed and chiseled by some earthly architect. In truth, they are simply the remnants of cooled and contracted lava, given their shape by an “extensive fracture network.”

While the causeway is a natural phenomenon, it exists in legend as the “stomping ground” of the ancient giant Finn McCool. He had, so the story goes, built the causeway as stepping stones to Scotland.

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