Beachcombing and sand study

Ao Manau, Gulf of Thailand

The first time exploring the tideline in a new part of the world is always exciting. Our first Thai beach was 4 hours by train south of Bangkok – the lovely Ao Manao near Prachuam Khiri Kahn. Whelks and cone shells decorated the shore. Delicate spiral shells inspired stringing bracelets with needle and thread. We found a jelly and a couple of fish washed up.

Exploring the beach with an observant eye inspired speculation and discussion about the sand and the underwater landscape:

Never bored when there’s a beach to explore.
  1. What is the sand like (color, texture)? How is it different from sand at another beach you know?
  2. What do you think is the origin of the sand (ex. lava, riverbed eroding, coral reef, sandstone)?
  3. From looking at the critters along the tideline, what is the underwater landscape (i.e. rocky, sandy, coral reef, etc.)?

3 thoughts on “Beachcombing and sand study

  1. Jenny January 16, 2019 / 4:08 pm

    How is the health of the shoreline and undersea area there?
    So good to see you! Wish we were there.
    Big hugs!


    • Deborah McArthur January 17, 2019 / 8:54 am

      Sadly, lots of plastics in the water and washed up on shore. A few conservation efforts beginning…


      • jlarkin8607 January 17, 2019 / 7:25 pm

        Darn! Sorry to hear about plastics in the water.
        I love that you all are an example of living lighter on the planet.


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