Tuesday, November 11, 2008

5 Strangely Coloured Beaches

Punalu'u Beach
on Hawaii's Big Island and the stunningly black sand is actually volcanic rock, deposited as lava
Papakolea Beach
One of only 2 green sand beaches in the world,
belongs to the abundance of olivine crystals which have been produced as a result of a nearby cinder cone erupting
Hyams Beach
this sublime stretch of beach is home to the whitest sand in the world, an honour awarded by the Guinness Book of Records.
Pfeiffer Beach
hills surrounding Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California, are rich in Manganese Garnet. A result of this being washed down onto the beach is the colour scheme you can see above - the entire stretch of sand has become a shifting, pink and purple canvas
sand as red as this one. Kaihalulu, or Red Sand Beach, is situated on the island of Maui and can thank the neighbouring cindercone hill for its intensely deep red appearance.
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