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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Star-Shaped Sand Grains on the Beach of Iriomote Island, Japan

The star-shaped sand grains are found along the coast in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. This is one of the most unusual types of sand in the world. However called sand but actually they are different from ordinary sand lot, it is the bones of one species of protozoa in the ocean, over millions of years of fossil skeletons and mixed with sea sand. So it looks very much like the spiky star. The local people believe that the star sand from the wings of fairies fall. And until now, the story of the star sand has been brought out since. Those who come here have brought their own special sand.

The Hoshizuna no hama beach is very special. Translated it means star sand beach.
Hoshizuna no Hama Beach Japanese remote Iriomote named the island found in Okinawa Prefecture. Iriomote Island is the largest of the Yaeyama Islands and the second largest in Okinawa Prefecture after Okinawa Island itself. The Iriomote Island in Okinawa is also referred to as the last unexplored area of Japan. It is complete with mountains, rain forests, waterfalls and there where the fresh water meets the sea water, covered with mangrove forests. The Hoshizuna no hama beach is very special. Translated it means star sand beach. [First Image credit Yuko Nieda]

The Hoshizuna no hama beach is very special. Translated it means star sand beach.
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These star-shaped grains of sand, collected from southern Japan, look like miniature works of art -- but they were not sculpted by an artist. They are the shells of microscopic organisms called foraminifera, which build intricate shells from the calcium carbonate they collect while drifting through the water. Their shells have settled on the seafloor for 500 million years, and are used by scientists to study the earth's changing climate. Learn more about the formation of sand and the animals that call it home in the Shores and Shallows exhibit at the Smithsonian's Sant Ocean Hall.

The Hoshizuna no hama beach is very special. Translated it means star sand beach.
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The beach is known as Hoshizuma,  Star Sand Beach. The same phenomenon can be observed on the beaches of  Kaijihama  and  Aiyaruhama , on the island of  Taketomi  which is also part of  Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park . The world is full of amazing places, although the reason for that is an extraordinary place, is something tiny.

The Hoshizuna no hama beach is very special. Translated it means star sand beach.
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The Hoshizuna no hama beach is very special. Translated it means star sand beach.
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The Hoshizuna no hama beach is very special. Translated it means star sand beach.
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The Hoshizuna no hama beach is very special. Translated it means star sand beach.
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The Hoshizuna no hama beach is very special. Translated it means star sand beach.
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The Hoshizuna no hama beach is very special. Translated it means star sand beach.
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The Hoshizuna no hama beach is very special. Translated it means star sand beach.
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The Hoshizuna no hama beach is very special. Translated it means star sand beach.
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