In the Giant's Causeway, what caused the formation of the hexagons?

  • 4 Replies
  • 7950 Views

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

*

blakestyger

  • Guest
The Giant's Causeway in County Antrim in Ireland is made up of quite large hexagonal columns.
Does anybody know why this is so? What aspect of cooling led to this shape and does it in any way reflect the composition of the rock that forms it? That is, does the lattice structure of the tiny crystals affect the gross structure of the formation?
Thanks.
« Last Edit: 18/06/2008 08:01:10 by chris »

*

paul.fr

  • Guest
THIS may be of help.

*

Offline JimBob

  • Global Moderator
  • Neilep Level Member
  • *****
  • 6564
  • Moderator
    • View Profile
"THIS" in the above post is a link to the explanation.
The mind is like a parachute. It works best when open.  -- A. Einstein

*

blakestyger

  • Guest
Thanks, I joined after the previous question but it's clearer now.

*

Offline JimBob

  • Global Moderator
  • Neilep Level Member
  • *****
  • 6564
  • Moderator
    • View Profile
If there are still questions, don't be afraid to ask them. We aim to please!
The mind is like a parachute. It works best when open.  -- A. Einstein