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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Reference Question of the Month: June

Posted by Judy T.

Sometimes those lazy days of summer aren’t lazy at all.  We are busy with gardening, Little League games, swimming lessons, home repair projects, and the list goes on.  In the interest of feeling a little more serene and relaxed, let’s think about beaches—beautiful, warm, sandy beaches…

1.  Where is the world’s longest natural sand beach?
2.  What gives black sand beaches their color?
3.  Where is the famous Copacabana Beach located?
4.  Is it easier to float in a pool or the ocean?
5.  Which state has the oldest lighthouse that is still operating?
6.  Which country has the most coastline?
7.  What European city creates beaches where there are none?
1. Cox’s Bazar Beach along the southeastern tip of Bangladesh stretches for 76 miles making it the world’s longest natural sand beach. 2. Grains of basalt, a volcanic rock, create black sand beaches. Punaluu Black Sand Beach in Hawaii is one of the most famous black sand beaches. 3. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
4. It is easier to float in the ocean because of the salt in the water. Salty water is “thicker” or denser than fresh water. 5. The Sandy Hook Lighthouse in Fort Hancock, New Jersey was completed in 1764, and it is still operating. 6. Canada – with 151,492 miles. This number includes the coastline of Canada’s islands, which number in the thousands. 7. Every summer since 2002, thousands of tons of sand are imported, along with full size palm trees and beach chairs, to create beaches at various locations in Paris.

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