Mystery of Giants Causeway

Mystery of Giants Causeway

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At the heart of one of Europe’s most magnificent coastlines its unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of Atlantic storms. It is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. Giant’s Causeway is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles northeast of the town of Bushmills. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven, and eight sides. The tallest are about 39 ft high.

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Lake Ingalls Trail

Lake Ingalls Trail

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Lake Ingalls is a beautiful sky-blue lake surrounded by rust-colored crags and perched in a high basin with picture-window views of Mt Stuart. It lies deep within the Snoqualmie Region of the Cascades. The easiest access access to Lake Ingalls is from Teanaway River south of Blewett Pass. The 9-mile hike features a lot of elevation gain and some stellar scenery with lots of diversity. This trail leads you through a spring and summer bounty of flowers. Climbing 2,500 ft to a 6,500 ft high point.

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

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The Waterpocket Fold is a straight, 100 mile long ridge of tilted and layered rock stretching from the Fishlake Mountains in central Utah to Lake Powell in the south. Most is preserved in Capitol Reef National Park, which contains multicolored cliffs, narrow canyons, ridges, arches, spires and domes. That landscape makes Capitol Reef Country perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATV tours, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, or just a quiet picnic. Capitol Reef encompasses the Waterpocket Fold, a warp in the earth\’s crust that is 65 million years old. It is the largest exposed monocline in North America. In this fold, newer and older layers of earth folded over each other in an S-shape. This warp, probably caused by the same colliding continental plates that created the Rocky Mountains, has weathered and eroded over millennia to expose layers of rock and fossils.

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