By: Ciara Blew
What is the Giant's Causeway?
This is a volcanic landform because it was created when a volcano erupted in Ireland. The magma and lava split everywhere and became basalt. For reasons that no one can explain, the basalt formed into hexagonal rocks. In Irish, we say Clochán an Aifir.
Is there any human activity on this landform?
The Giant’s causeway is a big tourist attraction. In 2007, 712,714 people visited this landmark. On the island there are flowers, which are naturally grown not planted. Finally, no rocks have been moved in the places their in, or moved elsewhere.
Where is it Located?
The Legend of the Giant's Causeway
Finn McCool and Benandonner
It started with a giant named Finn, that wanted to travel across the Irish sea to Scotland from Ireland. Finn took rocks from the shore and threw it across the sea, forming a hexagonal path for him to walk over. He wanted to come over because he hated the Scottish giant, Benandonner. He wanted to show him a lesson. Finn was thought as the cool giant, people called him Finn McCool. He stormed over to Scotland and saw Benandonner in the distance and realized that he was way bigger than him, stronger than him, and he couldn’t take him. He asked his wise wife, Una, to help him. His wife suggested that he dress up as a baby and sleep in the crib for when Benandonner comes. Benandonner came and asked if he could speak to Finn. Una replied, “Finn isn’t home, but I would love for you to come and have a cup of tea and help me watch the baby.” Benandonner saw the size of the baby (which was quite large for a baby's size) and thought, if this is the size of the baby, then how big is Finn! So Benandonner raced back to Scotland wrecking the stones as he went by so Finn couldn’t chase after him.
What is Unique about this Landform?
What’s special about it is that it was made naturally, this isn’t a man made landform, even though it’s made up of 40, 000 individual basalts.
The basalts pile on top of each other, making some stacks go as high as 39 feet.
It is the most popular attraction in Northern Ireland and the fourth best natural landform in the United Kingdom. They have over 700 400 people that visit a year.
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