C9444 : Detail of Basalt Columns

taken 17 years ago, 4 km NE of Portballintrae, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Detail of Basalt Columns
Detail of Basalt Columns
The horizontal cracks resulted from the cooling lava shrinking lengthwise, so that these particular columns, just beside the Giant's Gate, look more like a series of drum stacked one on top of the other, like a column in a Greek temple. Note the sinuous margins of the columns on the right - again related to different rates of cooling.
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Date Taken
Monday, 4 June, 2007   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 23 June, 2007
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Geological feature   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! C 948 447 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:14.4116N 6:30.6268W
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Irish: geotagged! C 948 447
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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