Bermuda and Sint Maarten on “15 Really Strange Beaches” List

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Bermuda’s pink sand beaches and Sint Maarten’s Maho Beach have made The World Geography’s “15 Really Strange Beaches” list, along with the green sand beaches of Hawaii, the Hot Water Beach of New Zealand and the Loango’s Wild Forested Beach in Gabon where hippopotamus, buffalos and elephants wander.

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3. Maho Beach, Sint Maarten

Maho Beach is a beach on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, in the country of Sint Maarten. It is famous for the Princess Juliana International Airport adjacent to the beach.

Arriving aircraft must touch down as close as possible to the beginning of Runway 10 due to the short runway length of 2,180 metres (7,150 ft), resulting in aircraft on their final approach flying over the beach at minimal altitude.

Due to the unique proximity of low flying airliners, the location is very popular with plane spotters. This is one of the few places in the world where aircraft can be viewed in their flightpath just outside the end of the runway. Watching airliners pass over the beach is such a popular activity that daily arrivals and departures airline timetables are displayed on a board in most bars and restaurants on the beach, and the Sunset Bar and Grill has a speaker on its outside deck that broadcasts the radio transmissions between pilots and the airport’s control tower.

There is a danger of people standing on the beach being blown into the water because of the jet blast from aircraft taking off from runway 10. The local government warns that closely approaching and departing aircraft can “result in serious injury”. An additional fence has been added recently behind runway 10, in order to prevent people from hanging on to the main fence surrounding the runway to experience being blasted by the jet flow.

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6. Pink Sand Beaches, Bermuda

Bermuda has some magnificent large and small beaches. Beach sand is not volcanic but from finely pulverized remains of calcium carbonate shells and skeletons of invertebrates such as corals, clams, forams and other shells.

Beaches begin with tiny single-celled animals, Foraminifera, in particular, homotrema rubrum – or forams – dark red skeletal animals that grow profusely on the underside of Bermuda’s coral reefs. When the red forms die, the skeletons plummet to the ocean floor. Wave action erodes the forams. They become mixed with other debris on the seabed such as the white shells of clams, snails and sea urchins.

It is at that time that Bermuda’s white sand takes on its characteristic pink hue. Bermuda is one of the northernmost areas in the Western Hemisphere (but not the northernmost place in the world) for coral reefs. In Bermuda, see the contrast of pink sand, turquoise water between the shoreline, outlying reefs, and dark blue of the ocean beyond the reefs or land.

The sand in Bermuda is exceptionally fine. Beaches in Bermuda are often favored for weddings. Most beaches are on the South Shore, but a few are on the North Shore.

World Geography said, “There are other beaches on Earth that look like they belong on another planet or almost feel like they are on another planet. These unique beaches are some of the best treats nature has to offer.”

The full list can be viewed here on theworldgeography.com.

For the original report go to http://bernews.com/2013/08/bermuda-on-15-really-strange-beaches-list/

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