Yellow lichen covers a section of fascinating basalt columns at Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland. Approximately 40,000 interlocking, hexagonal basalt columns are found at Giant's Causeway, the result of a volcanic eruption over 60 million years ago. Legend has it that the Irish giant, Finn McCool, built the Causeway across the North Channel so that he could fight the Scottish giant, Benandonner. After building the causeway and coming face to face with Benandonner, Finn hid from Benandonner when he realized that his foe was much bigger than he was. Finn's wife, Oonagh, then disguised Finn as a baby and tucked him in a cradle. When Benandonner saw the size of the 'baby', he reckoned that its father, Finn, must be a giant among giants. He fled back to Scotland in fright, destroying the causeway behind him so that Finn would be unable to chase him down. In support of this legend, across the sea at Scotland's Fingal's Cave, there are identical basalt columns which are part of the same lava flow.
- Joseph Priola
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