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:
- What is the sand like (color, texture)? How is it different from sand at another beach you know?
- What do you think is the origin of the sand (ex. lava, riverbed eroding, coral reef, sandstone)?
- From looking at the critters along the tideline, what is the underwater landscape (i.e. rocky, sandy, coral reef, etc.)?