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The Giant’s Causeway, Homeland of Amazing Hexagonal Rock Columns

12 May 2011 3 Comments
 

Sometimes we find some places and phenomena in nature for which we cannot be immediately sure whether they are natural or built by human’s hands. The Giant’s Causeway is definitely one of such places where your imagination will start to ask yourself: Is this really a natural phenomena or maybe the deed of a man’s hands.


It is hard to believe that this wasn’t built by humans, Credits: Wikimedia

There are more than 40,000 of those magnificent perfectly shaped interlocking basalt columns which can be found at the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, in the nearby of the town of Bushmills. Those basalt columns are believed to be the result of ancient volcanic eruption which occurred millions of years ago, bringing out those incredible rock formations. The most of them have almost perfect hexagonal shapes and the tallest column is 12 meters high.


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The sunset at the Giant’s Causeway, Credits: Wikimedia

This place is often referred as one of the greatest natural wonders of Great Britain and it is considered as one of the most popular touristic attractions in Northern Ireland. It is only 3 kilometers away from the town of Bushmills and there are also two another town in its nearby: Ballycastle and Coleraine. If you come here from Belfast, you will have to travel some 95 kilometers to the south before you reach the magnificent Giant’s Causeway.


Tourists are walking over hexagonal stone columns at the Giant’s Causeway, Credits: Snarkhunter

There is a legend related to this place which tells that it was built by famous Irish warrior Fin McCool.

This place has been listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1986 and this place became popular after the Giant’s Causeway Tramway was opened in 1883.


Almost perfect hexagonal shapes of the stone columns, Credits: Flickr

The Giant’s Causeway had its own visitor’s center but it has been mysteriously burned down ten years ago. In March 2010 The Northern Ireland Tourist Board has provided a £9.25m grant for building a new visitor’s center which should be completed in 2012.


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  • Everest Trekking said:

    Everest Region Trekking

    Gokyo Chola pass also everest region trekking. A lot of People come in this region every year to Take realt test of Nepal. The inhabitants of the region are the legendary Sherpas. These hardy people have carved an existence since time immemorial from the frozen landscape. Deep in the Himalaya, in a quite remote valley, are the magnificent azure blue Gokyo Lakes. The series of glacial lakes are set in beautiful high altitude wilderness dominated by the great peaks of Cho Oyu, (8153m.) and Gyachungkang (7922m.). Quite less well-known than the main Everest trail, a trek in this valley provides stunning views of many Himalayan giants. This high altitude trek explores the heart of the Sherpa homeland, visiting Namche Bazaar,and Tyangboche before ascending to our destination.Justifiably acknowledged as one of Nepal’s most famous treks to the Khumbu Mountains & Sherpa settlements, the trek offers a unique experience to the visitors. The trail to Gokyo and Chola Pass is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can sometimes be seen. Through small yak-grazing settlements we reach the Gokyo Lakes where we ascend the Gokyo Peak (5480m) and enjoy stunning mountains summit views including Everest, Makalu and Cho Oyo.

    The views of Ama Dablam and Taweche look spectacular from here. Ascending Zhongla, we continue towards Gorak Shep and climb to Kala Pattar (5545m) from where we enjoy an impressive close-up view of Everest. Our return route passes through Tengboche monastery, where we rest and savor the incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Everest, Ama Dablam (6856m), Kantega (6809m), Kwangde (6194m), Nuptse (7879m) and Lhotse (8511m)

  • Roy said:

    Intriguing! Great post

  • Mohd Huzaifah Muntalip said:

    Thanks Roy