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Ever Wondered Why Beaches Around The World Are Of Different Colors?

Sand grains are formed when rocks or other hard material gets crushed by the waves of an ocean/lake. It takes astronomical years for rocks to turn into sand grains.

Beaches are said to be white, but in Morocco, some beaches are orange. Not all beaches are of the same color. Read on to find out the different colors of the beaches.

Ever Wondered Why Beaches Around The World Are Of Different Colors?

Ever Wondered Why Beaches Around The World Are Of Different Colors?

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How are beaches formed?

How are beaches formed?

Beaches are made by waves or currents that move sand or other loose sediments. Alternatively, sand may be moved by saltation. Sediments of rocks and remains of dead marine animals are also present in the sand grains. They are simply crushed by the force of ocean waves.

1. Beaches of Hawaii are black in color.

1. Beaches of Hawaii are black in color.

According to Georgia Geology Department, the beach is black because the sand was formed from volcanic rock.

2. Maui beach sample

2. Maui beach sample

When the sand from volcanic rock is oxidated, it turns into red, rusty color.

3. A sample from Bermuda beach.

3. A sample from Bermuda beach.

The sand there is white because it is composed of calcium carbonate. Yes, our bones are made of the same. Some believe that they are the remains of minced marine corpses like snails, clam shells, starfish etc.

4. A sample from Morocco beach

4. A sample from Morocco beach

The beach is red because it is comprised of mollusk shell fragments.

5. Sand in Antarctica looks like this!

5. Sand in Antarctica looks like this!

6. A sample from Virginia's Chesapeake Bay, which we are used to see everywhere.

6. A sample from Virginia's Chesapeake Bay, which we are used to see everywhere.

It is mostly composed of quartz. The whitish part turned light brownish because of the oxidation.

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