Red Beach

Shown above is Red Beach, part of the Paracas National Reserve, on the barren shores of the Pacific Ocean in Peru.   Image © Samuele Gasparini; Samuele’s Web site

The red coloration of the beach is attributed to pink granodiorite that has eroded out of the nearby cliffs of Punta Santa Maria by wave action, forming a reddish pebble-sand mix. The carmine color of the beach contrasts with the tans and browns of the adjacent coastal cliffs. Over 200 migratory bird species and approximately 3 dozen species of land and marine mammals are found in the Paracas Reserve. Photo taken on August 9, 2011.

Summary Authors: Samuele Gasparini; Jim Foster

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