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(When On Earth)   From the one made of glass to the one illuminated by bioluminescent phytoplankton, here are some of the world's coolest beaches that you've probably never heard of before   (whenonearth.net) divider line 40
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2014-08-17 02:54:15 AM  
Not only have I heard of all of those beaches I've visited all them.
 
2014-08-17 03:00:11 AM  

Bucky Katt: Not only have I heard of all of those beaches I've visited all them.


Well aren't you special?
 
2014-08-17 04:11:12 AM  
#24
static.rogerebert.com

Bonus:

A desert that turns into a beach on certain parts of the year

Location: Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil.

What's so special about it: Every start of the year, continuous rainfall floods the desert dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, creating a series of lovely turquoise lagoons in the white valleys of sand.


Someone should tell the author what "desert" means.
 
2014-08-17 06:55:10 AM  
The singing beach is not special, there ars hundreds of miles of that along the southe west coast of australia... and it's bone-white. Also the water is very cold...
 
2014-08-17 07:02:16 AM  
There's a Glass Island in Lake St. Clair, Michigan/Canada, too. Cool phenomenon.
 
2014-08-17 07:04:22 AM  
"What's so special about it: Though it's regular rock is basalt"

Grrrrrrrrr. *twitch*

/ p.s. An awful lot of the world's beaches are glass. What does the author think glass is made from?
 
2014-08-17 07:14:59 AM  
black sand. wow. how rare. it isnt

and pebbles? farking pebbles?
 
2014-08-17 07:36:00 AM  
I like the photographer's backpack and other shiat being the focus of the picture. Really draws the  other elements together.

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-17 07:41:01 AM  
Glass beaches are pretty common, I'd think. My grandmother's backyard has a small beach and most of it is glass (gotta be careful as some of it isn't smooth yet!)

Also, the beaches is Prince Edward Island in Canada all have "red" sand due to high iron content.
 
2014-08-17 07:48:27 AM  

Ambivalence: Bucky Katt: Not only have I heard of all of those beaches I've visited all them.

Well aren't you special?


And lying.
 
2014-08-17 07:50:24 AM  

opiumpoopy: I like the photographer's backpack and other shiat being the focus of the picture. Really draws the  other elements together.

[img.fark.net image 588x915]


I couldn't tell WTF that was. Thought it was an ewok.
 
2014-08-17 08:10:55 AM  

PainfulItching: Thought it was an ewok.


That's E.T., duh!

/thought it was a bag-lady at first, then realized my mistake.
 
2014-08-17 08:14:25 AM  

opiumpoopy: I like the photographer's backpack and other shiat being the focus of the picture. Really draws the  other elements together.

[img.fark.net image 588x915]


Um, that's a person. An old person.
 
2014-08-17 08:23:00 AM  
With the beach's location adjacent to the Princess Juliana International Airport, vacationers can actually jump up and touch a flying airplane.

You first, I'll be waiting over here....

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2014-08-17 08:27:54 AM  

iron de havilland: #24
[static.rogerebert.com image 462x273]

Bonus:

A desert that turns into a beach on certain parts of the year

Location: Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil.

What's so special about it: Every start of the year, continuous rainfall floods the desert dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, creating a series of lovely turquoise lagoons in the white valleys of sand.

Someone should tell the author what "desert" means.


A desert is usually defined as an area that gets fewer than 20"/year. A lot of the world's deserts get all their limited rain at one time of year. When it rains for two weeks straight, it could be said to be raining continuously.
 
2014-08-17 08:29:00 AM  

opiumpoopy: I like the photographer's backpack and other shiat being the focus of the picture. Really draws the  other elements together.

[img.fark.net image 588x915]


I thought that was a hobbit woman.
 
2014-08-17 08:39:01 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: iron de havilland: #24
[static.rogerebert.com image 462x273]

Bonus:

A desert that turns into a beach on certain parts of the year

Location: Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil.

What's so special about it: Every start of the year, continuous rainfall floods the desert dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, creating a series of lovely turquoise lagoons in the white valleys of sand.

Someone should tell the author what "desert" means.

A desert is usually defined as an area that gets fewer than 20"/year. A lot of the world's deserts get all their limited rain at one time of year. When it rains for two weeks straight, it could be said to be raining continuously.


Yeah, I did check wikipedia (yeah, yeah, I know) before posting:

Composed of large, white, sweeping dunes, at first glance Lençóis Maranhenses looks like an archetypal desert. In fact it isn't actually a desert. Lying just outside the Amazon Basin, the region is subject to a regular rain season during the beginning of the year. The rains cause a peculiar phenomenon: fresh water collects in the valleys between sand dunes, spotting the desert with blue and green lagoons that reach their fullest between July and September.

And, FWIW, some googling suggests that the generally accepted level of precipitation to classify as a desert is 250mm/9.8" pa.
 
2014-08-17 08:44:11 AM  

iron de havilland: Gecko Gingrich: iron de havilland: #24
[static.rogerebert.com image 462x273]

Bonus:

A desert that turns into a beach on certain parts of the year

Location: Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil.

What's so special about it: Every start of the year, continuous rainfall floods the desert dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, creating a series of lovely turquoise lagoons in the white valleys of sand.

Someone should tell the author what "desert" means.

A desert is usually defined as an area that gets fewer than 20"/year. A lot of the world's deserts get all their limited rain at one time of year. When it rains for two weeks straight, it could be said to be raining continuously.

Yeah, I did check wikipedia (yeah, yeah, I know) before posting:

Composed of large, white, sweeping dunes, at first glance Lençóis Maranhenses looks like an archetypal desert. In fact it isn't actually a desert. Lying just outside the Amazon Basin, the region is subject to a regular rain season during the beginning of the year. The rains cause a peculiar phenomenon: fresh water collects in the valleys between sand dunes, spotting the desert with blue and green lagoons that reach their fullest between July and September.

And, FWIW, some googling suggests that the generally accepted level of precipitation to classify as a desert is 250mm/9.8" pa.


Whether it's 20 or 10 inches, getting it all at once is going to lead to flooding.

Even the one paragraph you posted can't decide if it wants to refer it as a desert or not.
 
2014-08-17 08:47:20 AM  

starsrift: opiumpoopy: I like the photographer's backpack and other shiat being the focus of the picture. Really draws the  other elements together.

[img.fark.net image 588x915]

Um, that's a person. An old person.


Oh yes! She seems somewhat confused about where the camera is...
 
2014-08-17 08:55:56 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: iron de havilland: Gecko Gingrich: iron de havilland: #24
[static.rogerebert.com image 462x273]

Bonus:

A desert that turns into a beach on certain parts of the year

Location: Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil.

What's so special about it: Every start of the year, continuous rainfall floods the desert dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, creating a series of lovely turquoise lagoons in the white valleys of sand.

Someone should tell the author what "desert" means.

A desert is usually defined as an area that gets fewer than 20"/year. A lot of the world's deserts get all their limited rain at one time of year. When it rains for two weeks straight, it could be said to be raining continuously.

Yeah, I did check wikipedia (yeah, yeah, I know) before posting:

Composed of large, white, sweeping dunes, at first glance Lençóis Maranhenses looks like an archetypal desert. In fact it isn't actually a desert. Lying just outside the Amazon Basin, the region is subject to a regular rain season during the beginning of the year. The rains cause a peculiar phenomenon: fresh water collects in the valleys between sand dunes, spotting the desert with blue and green lagoons that reach their fullest between July and September.

And, FWIW, some googling suggests that the generally accepted level of precipitation to classify as a desert is 250mm/9.8" pa.

Whether it's 20 or 10 inches, getting it all at once is going to lead to flooding.

Even the one paragraph you posted can't decide if it wants to refer it as a desert or not.


Yes, hence my apology for quoting Wikipedia. TFA doesn't mention how much precipitation it gets either. So fark knows if it meets anyone's definition of a desert.
 
2014-08-17 09:00:56 AM  
Apparently, it gets about 63"/year, meeting no one's definition of a desert.
 
2014-08-17 09:15:39 AM  
I want to go to a glass beach and grab some of the glass. I like the way beach glass looks and want to turn some of it into jewelry.

/aware I can get a similar effect with sandpaper and a diamond wheel on my dremel.
//but I'd rather just grab a mason jar full of it in an afternoon.
///would save a lot of time, and I can save my dremel's battery for stones.
 
2014-08-17 09:31:53 AM  
Walking a path through the dunes and then out onto Surfside beach on moonless Nantucket night in April several years ago, when all the beach houses were still dark, and then as I approached the shore having a galaxy of lights suddenly flash beneath my foot, and continue to do so with every step I took, was one of the most singularly shocking and exhilarating experiences of my life. Stars above and stars below. I was staggered.
 
2014-08-17 09:35:54 AM  

cwick: PainfulItching: Thought it was an ewok.

That's E.T., duh!

/thought it was a bag-lady at first, then realized my mistake.


An Ewok. Laying out markers for the upcoming Pod Race.
 
2014-08-17 09:46:03 AM  
Cool link, subby. Thanks.
 
2014-08-17 10:10:11 AM  
Is this the new Minecraft snapshot?
 
2014-08-17 10:22:54 AM  

peachpicker: Walking a path through the dunes and then out onto Surfside beach on moonless Nantucket night in April several years ago, when all the beach houses were still dark, and then as I approached the shore having a galaxy of lights suddenly flash beneath my foot, and continue to do so with every step I took, was one of the most singularly shocking and exhilarating experiences of my life. Stars above and stars below. I was staggered.


I've seen that, it's very cool.

/been to seven of the beaches on the list
 
2014-08-17 10:48:12 AM  
whenonearth.net
Location: Jökulsárlón Lake, southeastern Iceland

What's special about it: Chunks of ice like huge glistening crystals scattered across the jet black bay make this natural scene seem right out of a dream. The ice comes from a nearby glacier while volcanic rock accounts for the black sand.


While I haven't _heard_ of that beach, I think I have seen it or at least a similar beach around the corner in the "Stardust" movie:

okinawaassault.files.wordpress.com
that scene on youtube
 
2014-08-17 11:44:12 AM  
I have seen the bio luminescence behind the boat while taking the Cape May-Lewis Ferry one night. It was really something special to see.
 
2014-08-17 01:11:41 PM  

iron de havilland: #24
[static.rogerebert.com image 462x273]

Bonus:

A desert that turns into a beach on certain parts of the year

Location: Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil.

What's so special about it: Every start of the year, continuous rainfall floods the desert dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, creating a series of lovely turquoise lagoons in the white valleys of sand.

Someone should tell the author what "desert" means.


"Desert" does not mean it is devoid of water. It is simply an ecosystem where there is little or no vegetation. Antarctica, which is covered in ice, counts as a desert.
 
2014-08-17 01:37:34 PM  

Dr. House's Vicodin: There's a Glass Island in Lake St. Clair, Michigan/Canada, too. Cool phenomenon.


Doc....have you been to the joby nooner bash?
 
2014-08-17 01:43:18 PM  
That web site makes my phone cry.

(Yes, I know. I should get a newer one, but I prefer complaining about it!)
 
2014-08-17 03:10:45 PM  

"This strange phenomenon happens twice a day throughout the year."


(facepalm) Those are called tides.

 
2014-08-17 03:36:46 PM  
No Great Sand Dunes?

Fail.
 
2014-08-17 03:51:24 PM  

May Cause Drowsiness: "This strange phenomenon happens twice a day throughout the year."
(facepalm) Those are called tides.


You can't explain that!
 
2014-08-17 04:48:21 PM  

PainfulItching: opiumpoopy: I like the photographer's backpack and other shiat being the focus of the picture. Really draws the  other elements together.

[img.fark.net image 588x915]

I couldn't tell WTF that was. Thought it was an ewok.


Mystic walking away...

puppeteersunite.com
 
2014-08-17 05:27:32 PM  

May Cause Drowsiness: "This strange phenomenon happens twice a day throughout the year."
(facepalm) Those are called tides.


I caught that too. WTF?
 
2014-08-17 05:44:20 PM  

peachpicker: Walking a path through the dunes and then out onto Surfside beach on moonless Nantucket night in April several years ago, when all the beach houses were still dark, and then as I approached the shore having a galaxy of lights suddenly flash beneath my foot, and continue to do so with every step I took, was one of the most singularly shocking and exhilarating experiences of my life. Stars above and stars below. I was staggered.


I was on the Bay up towards PTown one night in August in the early 90s. It was in the middle of the Perseid Meteor Shower and raining stars, the entire curve of the bay was lit with bioluminescent phytoplankton, and the Northern Lights were flashing up in the sky. It was incredible. I was alone as far as I could see, and I alternated swimming (a trippy experience with the twinkly plankton and the bajillions of tiny clear, nonstinging jellies that love that part of the coast) and sitting on the beach just staring at the wonder of it all until dawn.
 
2014-08-17 08:40:02 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: Glass beaches are pretty common, I'd think. My grandmother's backyard has a small beach and most of it is glass (gotta be careful as some of it isn't smooth yet!)

Also, the beaches is Prince Edward Island in Canada all have "red" sand due to high iron content.


^^^^
this - you beat me to it
 
2014-08-17 10:48:00 PM  

namegoeshere: peachpicker: Walking a path through the dunes and then out onto Surfside beach on moonless Nantucket night in April several years ago, when all the beach houses were still dark, and then as I approached the shore having a galaxy of lights suddenly flash beneath my foot, and continue to do so with every step I took, was one of the most singularly shocking and exhilarating experiences of my life. Stars above and stars below. I was staggered.

I was on the Bay up towards PTown one night in August in the early 90s. It was in the middle of the Perseid Meteor Shower and raining stars, the entire curve of the bay was lit with bioluminescent phytoplankton, and the Northern Lights were flashing up in the sky. It was incredible. I was alone as far as I could see, and I alternated swimming (a trippy experience with the twinkly plankton and the bajillions of tiny clear, nonstinging jellies that love that part of the coast) and sitting on the beach just staring at the wonder of it all until dawn.


CSB
 
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