22 August, 2013 in Funny | Comment

22 August, 2013 in Funny | Comment

22 August, 2013 in Article, Images | Comment

Pink Sand Beaches:

cool-unique-beach-pink-sand

The pink color of the sand comes from tiny microscopic shelled animals known as Foraminifera. This animal has a bright pink or red shell full of holes through which it extends a footing, called “pseudopodia” which it uses to attach itself and feed.

cool-unique-beach-red-sand

cool-unique-beach-crystals

White Sand Beaches:

cool-unique-beach-white-sand

cool-unique-beach-turquoise-water

The bright white sands are eroded limestone and may contain coral and shell fragments in addition to other organic or organically derived fragmental material.

cool-unique-beach-paradise

Sea Shell Beaches

cool-unique-beach-sand-close-up

At places like Shell Beach in Australia and Sanibel Island in Florida, the coastline is pure shells. Causes for the abundance of shells range from lack of predators to unique geographic positioning that allows shells from all over to collect on the shores.

cool-unique-beach-shells-sand

cool-unique-beach-water-sky

Red Sand Beaches:

cool-unique-beach-orange-sand

The colorful red sand is a result of the surrounding iron-rich black and red lava rocks left over from the ancient volcanic activity.

cool-unique-beach-rocks-sand

cool-unique-beach-footsteps

Orange Sand Beaches

cool-unique-beach-volcanic-rock-orange

It’s pretty much a very rare occurrence, but it does happen. The coastline of Ramla Bay in the Maltese Islands is a bright orange due to its high iron content but lack of volcanic rock bits darkening the sand.

cool-unique-beach-Maltese-Islands

cool-unique-beach-high-iron-sand

Glass Beaches

cool-unique-beach-glass

This beach is a unique case. It’s located in Fort Bragg, California and it was once a major dumping site for garbage. Then in the 60’s, the city shut it down, and several environmental cleanup programs were instituted to clean all the waste. Underneath all the detritus, they found this amazing beach of polished sea glass.

cool-unique-beach-glass-sand

cool-unique-beach-waste-debris

Green Sand Beaches:

cool-unique-beach-green-sand

Only two beaches in the world have green sand: Papakolea Beach in Hawaii, and Talofofo Beach in Guam. The reason? The green color comes from large qualities of lava that contains olivine. Strong waves move dirt particles out to sea, while leaving behind the heavier olivine sand on the beach.

cool-unique-beach-Hawaii-basalt

cool-unique-beach-Olivine-crystals

Blue Sand Beaches

cool-unique-beach-glowing-blue

In this case it’s not really the sand that’s glowing blue, but a host of bioluminescent phytoplankton scattered across the coastline on this island in the Maldives. The tiny organisms emit light when stressed, be it by the lapping of waves, the carving action of a surf board or other, creating what looks like a network of stars.

cool-unique-beach-Maldives-glowing

cool-unique-beach-shore-blue

Geometric Rock Beaches

cool-unique-beach-geometric-rocks

Apparently you don’t need sand to have a beach. Although these pillars at the Giants Causeway in Ireland appear to be man-made, they are actually the product of basalt from hardened lava fracturing as it dried, which left interlocked pillars that seem to have been etched by the ancients.

cool-unique-beach-geometric-pillars

cool-unique-beach-hardened-lava

Purple Sand Beaches

cool-unique-beach-purple-sand

The beautiful purple sands of the Pfeiffer Beach draw their unusual color from manganese garnet deposits in the rocks around the secluded cove.

cool-unique-beach-California-eroded-deposits

cool-unique-beach-manganese-color

Black Sand Beaches

cool-unique-beach-eroded-lava

They’re incredible and unique. The black sand is made out of tiny fragments of lava. Most of it is created almost instantaneously, as hot lava enters the water and cools down so suddenly that it solidifies.

cool-unique-beach-volcanic-rock

cool-unique-beach-hand-black-sand

Cave Beaches

cool-unique-beach-cave-beaches

Cave beaches are said to have formed centuries ago due to volcanic activity and water erosion. About 40 miles off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico lies one of the most famous cave beaches in the world, the breathtakingly serene Marietas Islands.

cool-unique-beach-cave-Portugal

cool-unique-beach-hidden-Mexico

22 August, 2013 in Funny | Comment

22 August, 2013 in Funny | Comment

22 August, 2013 in Funny | Comment

22 August, 2013 in Funny Gifs, Images | Comment