Sand from Papakōlea Beach

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    Near South Point, the big island, Hawai'i. The green grains are olivine, the black are basalt, and the white are possibly bits of shell. Green sand is reasonably rare; the southern tip of the big island of Hawai'i is the most common place to get it. I picked some up when Nina and I went there for vacation back in 2006.

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    1. Mouser NerdBot 42 months ago | reply

      Here's a context shot of where I collected this sample:

    2. mathowie 40 months ago | reply

      I went to that beach at the south tip of the big island with a geomorphologist friend, specifically so we could see olivine sand. Good times.

    3. Mouser NerdBot 40 months ago | reply

      Me too. Great hike, fantastic ocean, totally bizarre sand. Everyone who goes to the big island should consider this hike.

    4. Devrah 40 months ago | reply

      I got quite a sunburn on the back of my legs on a cool day, laying on an olivine rich beach on the big island, picking out pretty chunks of olivine :)
      Mine wasn't nearly as green as this though!

    5. Mouser NerdBot 40 months ago | reply

      We searched around for quite awhile to find a little patch of sand that was mostly green. It was several hundred meters from the "green sand beach" proper.

    6. heidimcgrew 40 months ago | reply

      Wow! Your sand collection (and especially the pictures) are awesome! You might also be interested in another guy who photographs sand, mostly for educational purposes. I am interested in sand both for teaching (I teach earth science at the University of Dayton) and for my art of sand painting:

    7. Mouser NerdBot 40 months ago | reply

      I've seen Mr. Lindgren's website before, his work is spectacular. :) Your sand painting is new to me and is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing.

    8. Mouser NerdBot 40 months ago | reply

      ` I fully intend to shoot good macro photos of every sand sample I receive from Flickr readers, and you will then have access to it in its full resolution here. Are you asking if I can print you out one and snailmail it?

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