Basalt Columns

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Svitlana Z
Odessa, Ukraine1,426 contributions
Ukraine. Basalt Columns
Aug 2015 • Friends
The Basalt Columns in Ukraine, about 30 minutes drive from Rivne, are considered a unique formation. There are no mountains in that part of Ukraine, just step. The basalt columns are underground! They were discovered in the 17th century by a peasant who wanted to dig a well in the ground and could not do anything but broke his spade. The basalt quarry was started there. And the village changed its name for Basaltove. Geologists say that there is no alternative in Europe. The basalt formation there is unique. Every column, their height differs from 3 to 30 m, is a pure polyhedron. Well, I looked in the dictionary what that means :) A solid body of 3 dimensions with flat sides and straight edges, a cube is an example of that form. Some columns have 4 sides, others 6 or 8. But the shape was formed naturally, about 650 million years ago, according to smart geologists, as a result of magma eruption.
The roadways of such European cities like Paris, Brussels, Warsaw, Vienna, Berlin are made of basalt from that Ukrainian place! The roadway of the Red Square in Moscow is made of it! Incredible!
Written 5 September 2015
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