10 comments on “Volcanic Northern Ireland – the ANTRIM PLATEAU

  1. Howdy Granyia – most interesting post. Great photos. I continue to be amazed by looking at the world with new eyes. Before the volcano hobby, would have seen this sort of stuff but not understood how it came to be and why it was important. Today, the clue light flickers on a little bit. Cheers –


  2. As a Christian, I believe that all these volcanic landforms were formed when the temporary super continent Pangea rifted during the latter half of Noah’s Flood which is recorded in the Bible book Genesis.

    See these articles below about Giant’s Causeway.
    * http://creation.com/a-giant-cause “A giant cause The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland: colossal volcanic eruptions during Noah’s Flood”
    * http://creation.com/the-inter-basaltic-bed-at-giants-causeway “Reading between the Giant’s Causeway basalts”
    * http://creation.com/geological-excursion-giants-causeway-northern-ireland “Geological excursion at Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland A giant first—interpreting an iconic World Heritage Site using biblical history”
    * http://creation.com/giants-causeway-geology-earth-science-ireland “Giant’s Causeway geology clarified for Earth Science Ireland Geologist’s open letter on the Interbasaltic Bed”


    • I, as a non-Christian, prefer to use my head for thinking rather than just believing what other people want me to believe. Rather than trusting in some ancient book I’d try to understand what the latest results of scientific research are about. That is the reason why I find it so important that scientists publish their findings in a way that anybody with a keen interest can understand them.

      Although I don’t like your way of burying us in cartloads of links to make us *believe* I did open and read the last of the four, and I found something that actually made me glad: As long as experts – regardless of confession – discuss things in a reasonable friendly manner, there will be results. Not now, perhaps not even in ten years. But science is promoted greatly by the need of obtaining proof that one or the other party is right. A time will come when scientific methods have developed enough to be able, for example, to measure exactly the age of a layer of laterite. Until then I hope both sides put all their efforts into proving the thruth. 🙂


    • Howdy Dawmast – Evangelical here. Prior to the 20th century science was done to figure out how to explain how God put things together, how to make it work. in the 20th century that morphed into a vehicle to disprove the existence of God. In recent years, we have come full circle with science (led by the cosmologists) trying to come to grips with a beginning which makes me smile a bit.

      Science explains the who, what, where and when. Religion explains the why. From that standpoint, they are not mutually exclusive.

      In this blog, we write and research in an attempt (however poorly executed) to try to understand how the tectonic / volcanic parts of this world works and tend to stay as far away from religious arguments as humanly possible. In the future, please focus your religious discussions elsewhere. Best to you and yours. Cheers –


  3. Great post! Now, as a Scot who did much of his undergraduate fieldwork in the Western Isles, it would be the perfect completion to have a companion piece on the Tertiary volcanics of Scotland: the beautifully dissected shields of Mull (with its massive stepped cliffs of lava flows) and Skye with eroded high-level magma bodies forming the Black Cuillin -gabbro- and beside that the Red Cuillin (granite, or properly a sort of microgranite). And that’s before mentioning the layered (cumulate? rocks of Rhum. the Eigg pitchstone flow…the basalt columns of Staffa; which are much less at risk from tourism, since setting foot on Staffa is not exactly easy.

    Just take precautions against the midges.


    • Thanks for the kind words, Michael. Given your hands on expertise, are you volunteering an article (tongue firmly in cheek)? Cheers –


  4. PHIVOLCS declared an Extended Danger Zone on the southern flanks of Bulusan after the phreatic eruption yesterday, stretching two kilometers further downslope of the PDZ. From PHIVOLCS’ advisory (shortened):
    Phreatic eruptions from Bulusan have noticeably emanated from three source areas on its upper slopes: the NW vents and the summit crater, (earlier in 2016), and the SE vents for the latest eruptions on 30 September and 17 October. While these eruption sources are within the 4km Permanent Danger Zone or PDZ, the southeast vents bring about increased concern. These vents fundamentally emanate from a fissure extending two kilometers obliquely down the southern upper slopes. The SE vents thus pose a potential source of eruption that is close to a number of villages, as well as the risk of ballistic ejecta and pyroclastic flows. (from: http://tinyurl.com/j8evakl)


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