The Giant Trail – magic of nature

The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland is an amazing natural phenomenon. It is a connection of hexagonal columns, which together create unusual landscapes, resembling the pavement. This place is the result of the activity of an ancient volcano. The magma formed after the eruption froze. And when such processes occur on the sea coast, then the magma upper layer breaks down into geometrically correct hexahedrons.

At first glance, the size of this natural structure amazes. It extends along the coast for 275 meters and goes into the sea over 150 meters. According to geologists, the columns are 60 million years old! Despite the age, they are in excellent condition - no serious damage is observed. By the way, there are 40 thousand basalt columns. There are ruined castles and charming sandy bays and picturesque caves. Some can be viewed from the land, others - only from the sea. And, of course, this place was called the giant's path for a reason.

According to an ancient Celtic legend, stone prisms on the Irish coast were built by a fantastic character - the giant Finn Mack Kumal. Once the giant wanted to fight his enemy from the Staffa island - Cyclops Gol. But he had one problem - he was very afraid of water. Then Finn decided to build a path through which he could easily cross the sea and get to the island of Staffa. The giant worked on the path for seven days, mastering it from faceted columns, which he deeply put into the ground. After the construction was completed, Finn was so tired that he fell asleep.

Meanwhile, the Cyclops saw the paved path and decided to strike first. He crossed the path and went to the giant's house to fight with him. And he would have done it, if not the ingenuity of the giant`s wife. She wrapped her sleeping husband into the sheet and let the Cyclops come into the house. At the angry yelling of the monster, the woman calmly replied that her husband was not at home, and their son was sleeping in the cradle. Gol was frightened very much. If the son is so huge, then what is his father, he thought, and in fear ran away from the island. And when he was running, he destroyed the bridge behind him so that the giant could not reach him.

There is also a theory that these Irish columns were created by ancient people. Because such construction is not the only one of its kind. Earlier, at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, scientists discovered a disappeared city, built of trimmed hexagonal plates, which are very similar to the Irish columns. Therefore, they concluded that technically ancient people had the opportunity to build stone structures of really huge sizes. In 1986, the Giant Trail was put on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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