Giant’s Causeway

Giant’s Causeway is one of the most spectacular structures in the world. It is located in Northern Ireland, UK. This breathtaking terrain has huge columns of rocks jutting out from the sea everywhere. The entire area covers about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns.

Giant's Causeway has 40,000 rock columns like this!

The columns are laid in a brick like fashion. Most of the rocks are hexagonal in shape. So, some people say this place resembles an enormous honeycomb!!

Giant's Causeway vs Honeycomb

How did this spectacular structure came into being ? Most Irish people believe, that it is work of two Giants who existed millions of years ago. The Irish giant, Finn MacCool, was challenged by a much much larger Scottish giant, Benandonner. They threw stones at each other in anger which created a bridge between Ireland and Scotland. Benandonner then crossed this bridge looking for MacCool. Finn and his wife, Oonagh, in order to outsmart the larger giant, disguised Finn as a baby and tucked him in a cradle. When Benandonner came, Oonagh told him that Fionn was out but showed him ‘Finn’s son’. When Benandonner saw the size of the baby, he got scared and fled home in terror. He ripped up the Causeway behind him, so the ‘enormous Finn MacCool’, would not follow him. In hurry, he left one of his boots behind which till date lies on the causeway!!

Giant's Boot

Scientists have a different take on the existence of the causeway. They say that the causeway is result of a volcanic event. Volcanic eruptions around 60 million years ago, caused lava to ooze out of the earth slowly. The cooling and contracting of the lava formed these rock columns.

What would you like to believe in – Science or Myth?


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