A beach is a stretch of land that is formed over many, many years by the waves of an ocean or lake.
Have you ever wandered how a beach is formed? Well, it originates from tiny pieces of rock, shells, and other materials that are broken down by the sea and then carried to the shore by the waves.
A beach isn’t just sand, though. Depending on where the beach is, it could be filled with pebbles, cobblestones, or even colorful sea glass!
Beaches are places where people go to relax, play and have fun. You can build sandcastles, go swimming, play beach volleyball, or even just lie down and enjoy the warm sun.
Some beaches are also home to all sorts of interesting wildlife, like crabs, starfish, and seagulls.
Large beaches also act as barriers to protect the land from powerful ocean storms and waves.
Did you know that the world’s longest beach is the Praia do Cassino Beach in Brazil? It stretches about 158 miles!
So next time you are on a beach, think about all the exciting facts and natural processes it took to create the sandy (or pebbly) paradise underneath your feet.