Black Sands Beach
By: Laura Fleming
Black Sands Beach is located on the continent of North America in the United States. Its latitude and longitude is 40.04 degrees N, -124.07 degrees W.
Typically there are not many tourists there just laying around the beach. It's a very rocky area.
Many locals come to Black Sands Beach to surf .
A popular attraction of the beach is its hiking trails along the coast.
Characteristics of this beach
What type of beach is it??
- This beach is an active coast, this is because it is close to a plate boundary and tectonic activity. It's near the San Andreas Fault line located in California.
- Black Sands Beach is a submergent coast; it has been sinking relative to sea level over the past 200 years
- This beach is a primary coast, created by geological forces from the San Andreas Fault
About the actual beach
- Black Sands Beach is made up of black sand
- This sand comes from colored sandstone called greywacke and older compressed shale
- Black Sands Beach is known for its trails people hike on
- There are offshore reefs that create peeling lines of consistent and well shaped surf
- There are many coastal ridges along the beach, uplifted plates, as well as some mountain areas