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Beaches see a lot of wave action.
A beach is a form of land that stretches along a body of water and consists of particles that are formed from rock, sand, and pebbles. Sandy beaches occupy about one-third of the Earth's surface.
The shape of the beach is mainly changed by the direction of the wind and water flow, which indicates the weather of fast-flowing winds. The beach is the perfect vacation spot for anyone who wants to spend some quality time out enjoying nature in one of its most beautiful settings. Playing different beach games and engaging in various beach activities, such as surfing, will certainly provide more fun for you and your family and friends. Surfing is not an easy feat. If you want to surf, you have to find a beach with the right conditions. Many people prefer to visit the beach when it's sunny out because they enjoy hearing the calming sound of the water while watching the sun set to top off their evening experience.
However, the flip side of the beach experience is witnessing the effects of pollution, such as plastic bags, cans and other forms of medical waste like needles and surgical instruments washing up on the shoreline. Nowadays, there are a lot of geological changes to beaches happening right before our eyes, like action and waves and acute weather, which permanently change the structure of beaches very quickly. Wherever wind conditions are appropriate, beaches will have coastal dunes. All beaches have a border, which is water. Moreover, a beach can be a public beach or a private beach. Keep reading to learn more beach facts!
Beaches are one of the most beloved tourist attractions throughout the entire world. If it is on a riverbank and is covered by sand, rocks, and gravel, it is called a beach.
Beaches are changing constantly. Weather and tides alter the beach every day by dropping new materials and taking away old ones. Usually, a beach is a narrow strip of land that separates water from island areas. They are usually made up of sand, tiny rocks, and minerals tattered by trashing winds and waves.
When waves deposit pebbles and sand along the shoreline, a beach is formed. In the summertime, waves bring back sand to the beach. Beaches are top-rated destinations on warm, sunny days. Sunset beach drives also make for a romantic evening. Some seasonal changes make beaches look wider. They have a slight slope in the summer that is steeper and narrower in winter. Beaches are categorized into four zones called a beach profile, which includes beach face, swash, wrack line, and berm, which are all found in different zones.
Did you know that Marina Beach in Chennai is the world's second-longest and Asia's longest beach? Every beach has different characteristics depending on where it is located. Tropical beaches are near the equator, and they have rich vegetation like mangroves and palm trees that are grown in moist atmospheres. You can see these kinds of beaches in Costa Rica.
On another note, many people often get confused when they hear the terms 'tide' and 'wave'. Some might even think they are the same, but they aren't. Tides and waves are two different things that look similar until we dig deeper into their characteristics. Tides contain the occasional rise and fall of water caused by the Earth's surface gravitational synergy between Earth and the moon. If you want to see bigger tides, you should visit the beach on full moon day. We generally see tides when the earth, sun, and moon are in line.
You might have seen sand near beaches and wondered where sand comes from. Sand is formed worldwide from the degrading of rocks over millions of years. There are different sources from where sand comes from. Some sand may be soft bits from a coral reef left ashore, while other sand may form from the debris of a nearby wall.
Along with sand rubble are shell creatures that have been deposited onshore by waves. Nowadays, beaches are changing rapidly all over the globe, which includes lousy construction on the seacoast. At the same time, there are some indirect impacts made by humans, including plastic pollution, practices on dunes, water pollution, and climate change.
The most potent fear for beaches is coastal destruction. This kind of destruction is a considered natural activity that occurs on a beach due to the activity of waves, wind, and storms. The Cape Hatteras lighthouse, which is in the US state of North Carolina, has been threatened for years due to coastal destruction. 'In retreat' is the term given to beaches that experience constant erosion. Coastal erosion is a serious threat and measures should be taken to reduce it.
There are various types of beaches: a seashell beach, which carries empty shells onto the shore (this type of beach is where one can easily find seashells), a glass beach, a rocky beach, an urban beach, cave beaches, a casino beach, outer banks beaches, and sandy beaches, which is the most iconic type of beach.
Beaches are products of wave and tidal activity, climate changes, marine debris, and the way the beach itself is constructed. Another element involved when talking about the beach, are wave-dominated beaches. These are beaches that constantly see ocean waves and a low tide that is less than 78 in (198.1 cm). Tide-modified beaches are those that occur in areas where there are high tides and low waves.
Where tides range between 3-15 times bigger than waves, which are less than 11.81 (30 cm), tide-dominated beaches form in areas where the range of high tide is usually lower than waves. Usually, it occurs when the tide range is between 10-15 times than wave height.
There are so many kinds of sandy beaches for a tourist to explore. Some of them are white sand beaches, orange sand beaches, purple sand beaches, black sand beaches, red sand beaches, even pink sand beaches. Kaihalulu Beach in Maui, which is in Hawaii, has red sand beaches and a yellow-orange sand beach. It is definitely one of the most beautiful tourist attractions worth visiting. This beach gets its orange-hued sand from the combination of orange limestone, broken shell pieces, and volcanic deposits. Many of the most exotic beaches you will ever find are usually along a coastline, like the Amalfi Coast in Italy.
If you watch carefully, you may spot amazing sand dunes behind the beach. Sand dunes are occupied by beachgoers and surfers in the Mediterranean. There are some beaches known as barrier beaches that protect the land from shatters of ocean waves. Everyone should do their part to help beaches by leaving wildlife alone, which includes birds, seaweed, and live animals that are locals to the beach. If not, we will continue to destroy their natural habitat.
These beaches are seen near islands, which are also called barrier islands. Many of these barrier beaches were formed from islands that were constructed in the United States along the Gulf and Atlantic coast. Sometimes, you will even see that beaches are often soft or muddy—sediment and soil from rivers get carried away, creating fertile land.
Whenever we hear the word 'beach', the first thing that comes to many people's minds is making the tallest sandcastle and/or hunting for seashells.
The Sandburg Sandcastle in Duisburg, Germany was the world's tallest sandcastle. It went into the 'Guinness World Records' as it was the tallest sandcastle, standing at 656 in (1666.2 cm) high. Those who like to get out and explore will find that there are so many famous beaches all around the world. some of these beaches include Santa Monica Beach in California, South Beach in Miami, Florida, Copacabana in Brazil, Waikiki in Hawaii, Renaissance Island in Aruba, May Bay in Thailand, and Trunk Bay in Virginia island.
Now, imagine that you are on a sunset beach on a coast, sitting back and relaxing on the shore. There is a monotone rhythm coming from the waves lapping up at the edge of the shoreline. You feel the sun looking down on you, where you begin to feel a light sweat. Or, you may be feeling a cool breeze blowing all around as the water repeatedly makes laps onto the shore and its hidden shells. Beaches are phenomenal places to take a trip alone, with a partner, or with family and friends. What better way to spend a sunny day than out by the ocean?
The longest beach is in northwest Australia, which is an 80 mi (128.7 km) long beach. Praia do Cassino Beach in Brazil is the second-longest beach at 132 mi (212.43 km). Some beaches have restricted access to the public in some parts of the world. And other beaches even won't allow dogs at certain times of the year.
A beach can be a romantic trip for a family of two or perfect for a bigger family vacation. Whenever you plan to visit the beach, plan to stay for a long time. Make sure you bring ample food, snacks, and drinks. Don't forget to bring beach games and activities, as you may want to play some beach volleyball, collect shells, build big sandcastles, swim around, tan, watch the birds, and take gorgeous pictures.
The largest beach in the world is Praia do Cassino Beach in Brazil. This beach's length is 157 mi (252.6 km) from Rio Grande, Brazil, which entertains roughly more than 150,000 people per year on its 152 mi (244.6 km) shoreline. Rio Grande is Brazil's most important and oldest city in the south which is just a 15-minute drive from this beach. Sea lions are also very famous on this beach. On the other hand, Gulpiyuri Beach is the most petite beach globally, located in Austria.
Gulpiyuri Beach is under the network of naturally protected areas due to high tides and flooding that occur here. Some tourist wants to dig deeper into a beach's history from its earlier days. And for many older beaches, they are more sensitive to the heavy traffic that accompanies large crowds of people and continuous activity.
Then you have your superstitious tourists, who think that the sea is the bearer of misfortune. Did you know that Muzhappilangad is the longest beach in Asia? It is a driving beach with a length of 2.3 mi (3.7 km) and is situated on the Malabar Coast of Kerala State in the southwest of India.
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