Beach and Shoreline Sands From Around the World

by Elizabeth H. Kennair and L. Bruce Railsback

This page shows siliciclastic sands categorized by plate-tectonic setting. The rows work down from the most basalt-rich settings to those least characterized by basaltic rocks. Each image is a link to another page with a larger image and with a link to a microscope image - take a look!

Sands from Mid-Ocean-Ridge Volcanic Islands:
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Iceland
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Iceland
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Galapagos
Sands from Ocean Islands:
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Hawaii
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Hawaii
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Hawaii
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Hawaii
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Fiji
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Fiji
Sands from Island Arcs:
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U.S. Virgin Islands
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Alaska
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Sumatra
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Bali
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Bali
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Guam
Sands from Active Continental Margins:
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California
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Washington
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Oregon
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Baha California
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Mexico
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Costa Rica
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Ecuador
Sands from Passive Continental Margins:
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Florida
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Florida
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Florida
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Georgia
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Georgia
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Georgia
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South Carolina
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Virginia
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Tunisia
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Morocco
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Australia
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Australia
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Australia
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Malaysia
 

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There's also a page with more information on plate tectonics


The title page and table of contents for this set of web pages
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e-mail to Railsback (rlsbk@gly.uga.edu)
Railsback's main web page
UGA Geology Department web page
 

 

 

 

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