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    Posted July 7, 2014 by
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    Natural wonders in the 50 states

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    Papakōlea Beach (Green Sand Beach)


    Papakōlea beach or Green Sand beach is located in Mahana Bay at the southern tip of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. The sand is a green Olive color because of eruptions from what once was a volcano. Green Sands beach actually is itself a former cinder cone and all three of the sides are still present today with the ocean coming in at what would have been the eastern edge. imagine swimming in an ancient volcanos cinder cone with green sand! The green sand gets it color from olivine crystals created from eruptions to a dormant volcano years ago. Green Sands beach is truly a wonder of our world here in Hawaiʻi because it is only one of two green sands beaches in the world.

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