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Sand

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Sand

I normally stay on the West coast but just recently returned from a stay on the South. One thing I did notice is that the sand is not only a different colour (whiter) but is also a different texture on the South. It seems a lot finer, almost like sugar.

So my question is, does anyone know the reason why there is this difference?

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1. Re: Sand

Got me stumped, but i ain't a local so what would i know....

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Babiface

The Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU) does work at several of Barbados' beaches and I know for certain, they've done work at Worthing Beach over the past 2-3 years (beach reclamation) and by the time they were finished, the sand was much whiter and resembled the granulated sugar you get in the US and UK (very fine). I'm not sure where the sand came from, but it's a beauty to look at when flying over on approach to BGI.

http://www.coastal.gov.bb/

Perhaps you can contact them for more detailed information.

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Babiface

Correction: Welches Beach, not Worthing Beach.

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Actually this question was posted and answered three years ago approximately, maybe more. Apparently it has to do with the type of coral plus the wave action that pounds it into sand. As you know there's more wave action on the South Coast than the West Coast. Therefore more pounding creates a finer and whiter sand, somewhat like the process for refining sugar.

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It is one of the reasons I like the beaches in the south. Unfortunately the 'rougher' seas do dislodge more of the reef and mash it up into beautiful pinkish white sand.

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6. Re: Sand

Ah thanks for that info Canby.

I thought someone would know the answer.

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