Volcanic mountains

The Giant’s Causeway, which proves the origin of volcanic rocks in the 18th century, is selected as one of the 100 best geological sites in the world by the International Union of Geological Sciences

The Giant’s Causeway was selected by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), representing a key site to prove the origin of volcanic rocks in the 18th century.

Welcoming the announcement, Mr Lyons said: “I am delighted that the International Union of Geological Sciences, an organization representing more than one million geoscientists worldwide, has selected the Giant’s Causeway as one of of the 100 best geosites in the world.

“The Giant’s Causeway is already playing a major role in attracting visitors to Northern Ireland and this announcement can only help increase the level of attraction.”

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons at the Giant’s Causeway

“Tourism has been one of the sectors hardest hit by the restrictions imposed by the covid pandemic. However, it has also proven to be one of the most resilient.

The 100 selected sites were chosen because of their scientific value. Many have helped develop the science of geology, while others are the world’s best examples of geological features and processes. Selections have been made across the world and include other well-known sites such as the Grand Canyon (USA), Sugar Loaf Mountain (Brazil) and Mount Everest (Nepal).

The identification of the 100 best sites was part of a project involving more than 200 specialists from nearly 40 countries and 10 international organizations. There were 181 nominated sites in 56 countries, and they were assessed by a panel of 33 international experts, including a representative from the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland’s Department of Economics.