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Life’s a beach, but what is the meaning of life?

Posted by alainaflute on August 1, 2012

Life’s a beach! (Photo by Alaina Diehl)


The entry “Beach” according to the online version of the World Book Encyclopedia:

Beach is an area of sand, pebbles, or small rocks along a shoreline. The materials of the beach may be supplied by streams. They may also wear away from sea cliffs or wash up from shallow sea bottoms.

Waves and currents give beaches a variety of shapes. For example, pocket beaches have a curved shape. Such beaches are usually bordered by hills. An example is Halfmoon Bay in California. Spits and hooks stretch out into the water in the shape of a finger or hook. An example is Sandy Hook in New Jersey. Sedimentary capes also extend into the water but are broader than spits and hooks. Cape Canaveral in Florida is a sedimentary cape. A beach may also be a sandy stretch that connects islands with a mainland, such as Marblehead, Massachusetts. Waves along low coasts may build barrier beaches, such as Miami Beach, Florida.  Barrier beaches run parallel to the coastline. A sound or lagoon separates barrier beaches from the mainland.

Beaches are popular recreational spots. Well-known beach resort areas include the Riviera on the Mediterranean coasts of southern France and northern Italy. Beaches on the coasts of Florida, California, and Hawaii in the United States also attract many visitors.

McArthur, David S. “Beach.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2012. Web.  1 Aug. 2012.
We’ve been to beaches along rivers, lakes, streams, and oceans. Have you ever questioned the beachiness of your little patch of paradise? I say that if you can leave the sand, rocks, and pebbles and head into the water, that’s a beach! Have fun and tell us all about it!

Galveston Island, Texas (Photo ©Jody Diehl)

2 Responses to “Life’s a beach, but what is the meaning of life?”

  1. Jody said

    I’ve been to some very teeny-tiny beaches and a quite a few beaches that go for miles and miles. For me, they just have to pass “the duck test.” If it looks like a beach, acts like a beach, and feels like a beach… it’s a beach!

    • I would have, in the past, poo-pooed some lake or river beaches as non-beaches…but having explored further, we have definitely discovered some inland paradises! 🙂

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