Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Global Warming Affects Iconic Site in Northern Ireland

The Giant's Causeway, the spectacular rock formation on the Northern Irish coast, could soon become difficult to access due to climate change. The iconic world heritage site, one of the province's biggest tourist attractions, will be under threat if sea levels rise and storms worsen, said the National Trust conservation organisation, which owns and manages the site.

The Giant's Causeway comprises around 40,000 interlocking mostly hexagonal basalt columns formed by volcanic activity. More than half a million tourists visit each year. Celtic legend has it that the giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) built the causeway as stepping stones across to Scotland in a challenge to a giant called Benandonner.

Complete article is available here.

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