Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire
Brimham Rocks is a natural sculpture park formed over millions of years by the action of frost, wind and rain. Some of the erroded pillars are six metres tall. It is a smaller, and wetter, version of the desert landscapes of the Wild West.
18th Century historians believed them to be carvings by ancient Druids.
It's a great place to let your imagination run riot. Can you find a druid, a dancing bear, a witch or the devil himself?
Brimham RocksMost of the rocks owe their weird shapes to erosion during and after the Ice age. Sand-b...
Brimham RocksBrimham Rocks is located some 4 miles east of Pateley Bridge of the B6265, 10 miles nort...
Brimham RocksThese rock formations at Brimham in Nidderdale, Yorkshire are located over some 50 acres...
Brimham RocksA feature of the rocks is their smooth water like structures. As the water from the rive...
Brimham RocksSome 320 million years ago, a huge river washed down grit and sand from granite mountain...
Brimham RocksSome of the gritty rocks suggest all manner of shapes, such as elephants, hippos, bears,...
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.