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TITLE
Erect columns near Shag's Cave, Staffa
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_351A_2_P302
PLACENAME
Staffa
DISTRICT
Mull
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore
DATE OF IMAGE
1776
PERIOD
1760s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31145
KEYWORDS
columns
geology
islands
Erect columns near Shag's Cave, Staffa

This illustration was taken from 'A Tour in Scotland' by Thomas Pennant. It shows erect columns near Shag's Cave on the island of Staffa. The whole of the S.W. part of the island is "supported by ranges of natural pillars, mostly above 50 feet high, standing in natural colonnades, according as the bays or points of land formed themselves...."(302).

The columns were formed during a massive singular flow of lava. As the lava cooled, it contracted, forming the narrow spaces which separate the columns

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Erect columns near Shag's Cave, Staffa

ARGYLL: Kilninian and Kilmore

1760s

columns; geology; islands

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

This illustration was taken from 'A Tour in Scotland' by Thomas Pennant. It shows erect columns near Shag's Cave on the island of Staffa. The whole of the S.W. part of the island is "supported by ranges of natural pillars, mostly above 50 feet high, standing in natural colonnades, according as the bays or points of land formed themselves...."(302).<br /> <br /> The columns were formed during a massive singular flow of lava. As the lava cooled, it contracted, forming the narrow spaces which separate the columns