Thursday, 24 May 2012

Coal Sands





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We hadn't really noticed the huge number of tiny black stones along the tide-line of the beach. Or rather, we've seen enough black sand beaches that we crunched through it without thinking any more about it. It was only when our friends pointed out that it was coal, that we realised we were seeing something quite unusual. Apparently they used to dump coal dust from the mines out into the sea, off the coast of Northumberland, and now it comes back ashore with the tides. It was quite an impressive sight, and formed some beautiful patterns of sand and shiny coal.


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2 comments:

Rachel said...

It creates such striking patterns, doesn't it!

Marco of UK Tourist Visa said...

those are realy cool patterns, my favorite would be the second image.

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