Antimimeticisomorphism – Nature’s Example 2/7

This is the second edition of the antimimeticisomorphism series…

When a thick lava flow cools it contracts vertically  but cracks perpendicular to its directional flow with remarkable  geometric regularity – in most cases forming a regular grid of  remarkable hexagonal extrusions that almost appear to be made by man.  One of the most famous such examples is the Giant’s Causeway on the  coast of Ireland (shown above) though the largest and most widely  recognized would be Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. Basalt also forms  different but equally fascinating ways when eruptions are exposed to air  or water.

Antimimeticisomorphism - Nature's Example #2

Antimimeticisomorphism - Nature 2/7


1 Response to “Antimimeticisomorphism – Nature’s Example 2/7”

  • Marc

    I wasn’t overly convinced by the “moving rocks” in your first example of nature’s antimimeticisomorphistic behaviour (the skeptical side of me showed its colours) but I’m flabergasted by this example!

    Why hexagons? I’ve studied civil engineering too, like you, (although I now practice construction law) and geology has always fascinated me, but this!…. this is amazing!!!



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