We have just survived our first Polar Vortex of the year and those -15 degree wind chills got us thinking about somewhere a bit warmer. So this week thinking color is taking a trip to some colorful beaches around the world.
First to Hawaii for two unusually colored beach. First off we have Papakōlea Beach in the Kau district of the big Island of Hawaii. This beach is an interesting olive shade of green. This unique hue is caused by mineral deposits left over from ancient volcanic eruptions. From ancient volcanic eruptions causing unusually colored beaches to more modern ones, Punaluu beach also on the big island is composed of black sand. The black and gray aggregate that makes up this beach is caused by the constant volcanic activity near the beach.
All the way across the world, on Prince Edward island off the coast of Canada the beaches are a brilliant red. You may be forgiven to think you accidently took a trip to Mars judging by the color. However, our old friend iron-oxide is the cause of the rust colored sand.
Some distance to the south of Prince Edward Island is one of the most famous unusually colored beaches in the world. The sands of Harbor Island, Bahamas have been stained pink by decayed red-coral which surrounds the island.
Finally, to California and a beach that cannot be called a single color. In 1906 the city of Fort Bragg established a beach front dump behind the town's lumber mill. Over the years the surf reclaimed the thousands of glass bottles discarded in the dump creating a beach made entirely out of smoothed glass.