Legend or Lava?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Iceland legend says that two trolls created the country’s mysterious basalt pillars but a study from the University of Buffalo is challenging that and blaming hardened lava.

    According to local folklore, the mysterious basalt pillars found in Iceland were created by a pair of angry trolls who hurled rocks at one another.  But a researcher from the University of Buffalo says these pillars actually formed around vertical columns of steam and hot water venting through lava.  Apparently during the Laki eruption of 1783, that slower moving lava hardened around steam rising from geysers that formed through wall gaps on the ground surface leaving hardened pillars behind.  Seems plausible but, according to the Associated Press 62% of Icelandic natives still believe that it’s actually the trolls who are responsible.