Geopuzzle: Beach Detectives
Someone stole 500 truckloads of sand from a beach on the north shore of Jamaica. Police are using “forensic tests” on other beaches on the island to identify the thief; I’m guessing this involves a geologist looking at sand in a microscope.
This page has better images of magnified sand grains than I was able to find on Flickr, and it’s a nice overview of some of the things you can learn about a beach by examining the sand… but I wanted to do my own quiz anyway. Can you match the beaches to the sand?
- Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
- Hollywood Beach, Florida
- Oneuli Beach, Hawaii
- Wilson Island, Queensland, Australia
- Sandwood Bay, Scotland
You can find the answers by clicking through on the sand photos – they’re all tagged somewhere with the locations. Please don’t look until you’ve guessed! It’s fair game to Google for more information on the beaches, though.
I think most of you should be able to get at least two.
(Hat tip for the story: LJ Geology.)