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Green Sand Beach

Green Sand Beach

Puu Mahana Beach (Green Sand beach) is the spectacular erosion product of a volcanic cinder cone near South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii. It can be reached by a 1-hour hike through beautiful scenics (take plenty of water!). The unusual tone of the green sand is due to the large proportion of semi-precious stone olivine polished crystals, which are left behind during the breakdown of lava. Crystals of olivine form in abundance during the cooling of hot lava. Because they are much harder than the lava matrix, they tend to accumulate near areas of lava erosion.

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Dallas Hyatt19-Jan-2010 06:32
Monique LaguŽ16-Jan-2008 04:47
Excellent picture.
Very beautifull colors.
Andrew Vincent09-Sep-2007 05:20
Amazing colours! I love that sand, did you take a pocket full home? VOTE!
Yiannis Pavlis16-Mar-2007 13:29
Outstanding shot, wonderful color saturation, depth and clarity
raymondg03-Jul-2006 06:28
A beach where the sand is semi precious stone???? Sounds like a little piece of heaven. Nicely done.