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31 August 2011

Columns form perpendicular to cooling fronts

This morning, Dana asks about the pattern of columns in this image: She muses: If I had a time machine and surviving-fresh-lava gear, I’d head back to see what this bugger was up to. Why did some of its columns form ramrod-straight whilst others are practically horizontal, or curved? I’d imagine it was contending with some ice round the edges, maybe some water, that caused it to cool all funny. …


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