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Post written by Mia Bacon '20:

When I first heard about black sand beaches I assumed that people were being over dramatic and that the sand was simply a dark brown. I had seen pictures online where the sand appeared to be black next to the blue water but I blamed over saturation and filters on how truly black the sand looked. We learned about how the iron makes the sand black, but I still wasn’t sold. Even as I peered out the window of our Oceania bus, driven by our trusty bus driver Stu, I saw brown sand. Once I stepped out of the bus I was greeted by incredibly hot black sand which hurt my feet. Apparently all of the rumors about the black sand were true. 

On Monday February 25 we went to two black sand beaches on the Tasman Sea. The beaches were beautiful and unlike anything I had ever seen before. Our group was given time to eat lunch and lay on the black sand next to the swirling blue water at Marokopa Beach. Unfortunately, due to the weird and dangerous looking current we were unable to swim. After spending an hour on the first beach we got back on the bus and went a few miles down the road to Kiritehere Beach. This beach was full of fossils and large waves. On the shore there were calm pools which we could wade through. Some people forgot that the black sand gets hotter than regular sand and made the silly decision not to wear shoes. We had to slide down the burning hot dunes to get to the cooler sand by the water. Other than some red feet from the hot sand, the black sand beach proved to be one of the most magnificent places I have ever been.

Photo taken by Jolene Schuster

Photo taken by Jolene Schuster

Photo taken by Jolene Schuster

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