A Little Story on the Beaches of South Walton
While our family always knew the Beaches of South Walton were among some of the whitest and most beautiful in the world, it wasn’t until our 2 year old son looked at a snowy corn field in Iowa and thought it was the beach that we realized just how unique and spectacular the beaches of 30A truly are. While those of us lucky enough to visit or live on 30A know our beaches are special, do any of us actually know how they came to be? The sand not only looks different, some would even say it feels and sounds different under your feet.
Made from perfectly oval shaped quartz particles, this sand came from a process originating from the Appalachian Mountains and Apalachicola River over 20,000 years ago. At the end of the last Ice Age when the earth warmed, large amounts of water were carried by rivers to the world’s oceans. As the Apalachicola River rose in the Appalachians, this water carried these quartz particles and deposited them in the Gulf of Mexico, creating a new shoreline. Even today, these crystal clear sands continue to replenish, reaching as far west as their final destination, the Pensacola Pass. So the next time you hear that familiar squeak under your feet, you are blinded by the shores on a sunny day or your child mistakes the snow for the beaches of South Walton, you’ll know why.
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