A system of fractures that splits a rock body into long prisms, or columns. It is characteristic of lava flows and shallow intrusive igneous flows.
The connection belongs to Ecology connections.
- Giant's Causeway
- Gulf of Porto: Scandola Nature Reserve Link
- Jeju: Examples in the Hallasan Natural Reserve (AB review - " The diverse volcanic landscape includes a 1.6 ha lake-filled crater, 550 m in diameter and 108 m deep, a younger (circa 25,000 years in age) intruded trachyte dome, and a series of columnar jointed basalts forming prominent cliffs" (the Best examples on the island are at Jistagae Rock but this is not within the inscribed area)
- Nan Madol: Nan Madol was built using columnar basalt quarried from various locations on the island of Pohnpei (wiki)
- Yellowstone: Sheepeater cliff (and others) Link
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