15 of the World's Most Unusual Beaches

15 of the World's Most Unusual Beaches

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Beaches that are unlike anything you've seen before.

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    The Algarve coast consists of limestone, which is easily eroded and can form stunning sea caves like this one.
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    Iceland is a land with a lot of volcanic activity, which is why black volcanic beaches are so common there.
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    The purple sand at this beach (which is only found in patches) is formed when manganese garnet deposits in the surrounding hills erode into the sea.
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    The water near Shell Beach in Australia is so saline that the cockle clam has been able to proliferate unchecked by its natural predators. It is this abundance of molluscs that floods the beaches with their shells.
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    The red sand at Rabida was formed due to the oxidization of iron-rich lava deposits, although it could also be due to washed-up coral sediments.
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    The black sand on Punaluu is formed by basalt lava, which explodes as it flows into the sea and rapidly cools.
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    Green sand.
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    The black volcanic sand on this Icelandic beach contrasts beautifully with the white and glassy chunks of ice.
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    Extreme plane landings.
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    The idyllic pink sand of the Bahamas is pigmented by washed-up coral remnants, which are dashed and ground to tiny pieces by the surf.
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    The stunning cathedral-like arches and buttresses of this beach in Spain were formed by pounding water over thousands upon thousands years.
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    The lights on this beach in the Maldives are caused by microscopic bioluminescent phytoplankton, which give off light when they are agitated by the surf.
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