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Added in: december 2012
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Geology site description:
More than 40,000 basalt columns can be seen at the Giant's Causeway. Although some seek answors about the forming of the columns in old legends, the basalts are actually formed by the cooling and crystallization of a lava flow. The layer with the mostly hexagonal basalt is up to 28 meters thick and was formed in the Paleogene, around 50 to 60 million years ago. A visitor centre is present.
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The Giant's Causeway is located on the north coast of Northern Ireland, north of Bushmills.Drag the map and zoom in or out for the best view of this geology site.
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Fossil location: Northern Ireland (Whitepark Bay)
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