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Northern Ireland — Giant’s Causeway; Mosaics in the ground


We begin Week 2 of our look at Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway. Today I’ll be concentrating, but not completely fixating, upon the basalt mosaic patterns seen in much of this area rather than the columns.

Giant’s Causeway mosaic pattern

It seemed to me that most of the columns lay further from shore, and the ground level mosaic patterns were closer to the water.

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

This didn’t appear to be solely due to erosion, as the tops of the exposed columns were mostly perpendicular to the column. Erosion only appeared to become a factor right along the shoreline.

Columns and erosion

But as you move away from the sea, the columns become taller, more pronounced, and display a beautiful orange hue:

Giant’s Causeway basalt columns

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Northern Ireland — Giant’s Causeway; More columns and ruggedness


Today I’ll just let the photographs do the talking. In this series of images you’ll see a wide array of basalt shapes ranging from huge boulders, to tall columns, to ground-level mosaic patterns:

Basalt boulders at Giant’s Causeway
Basalt mosaic
Columns standing as sentries overlooking the landscape
A combination of all three features

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Fun Photo Friday — Giant’s Causeway favorites 1


Today is the first of two Fun Photo Fridays dedicated to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland:

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