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Black sand beaches occur where lava flows enter the sea. The sand is quenched lava that is mostly glass. The finely divided glass and crystals weather quickly so the beaches don’t usually last for long periods. They are located in various parts of the world such as Hawaii, Iceland and Alaska. 

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Gaiola is one of two tiny little islands in Naples Harbor, connected by the bridge you see here.

Djúpalónssandur beach is one of the highlights of Snæfellsnes peninsula wonders. The picturesque beach is covered by countless little black stone which were shaped by the non stopping forces of the ocean and the wind.

The unique shapes of the frozen lava is dominating the landscape around it´s like stepping into a lava wonderland.

Djúpalónssandur beach is an awesome place, like so many other places on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is like stepping into a lava wonderland. The unique shapes of the lava is dominating the landscape around

This black pebble beach, which is supposedly haunted and houses an elf church (yes, we Icelanders still believe in elves :) ), was the site of a shipwreck that took the lives of fourteen British sailors in 1948. You can still find rusted metal fragments from the accident scattered all over the beach as a reminder.

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Black sand beach in Iceland.

At the Snæfelssnes peninsula the pitch black lava stretches straight down to the ocean with golden sands in between which is rare in Iceland since most beaches are black sand beaches. 

This is Skarðsvík. A pagan Viking grave from the 10th century was found here close by in 1962. The skeleton of a young man and his belongings are now preserved at the National museum of Iceland. Who knows what else lies buried there

Bruce Omori and Miles Morgan enjoying the Kalapana lava flow by  Ryan Dyar

Kalapana is a town and region in the Puna District on the Island of HawaiʻiPuʻu ʻŌʻō  is a volcanic cone in the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea volcano of the Hawaiian Islands. Puʻu ʻŌʻō has been erupting continuously since January 3, 1983, making it the longest-lived rift-zone eruption of the last two centuries.

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