Sand Beach

Sand Beach (HM10TC)

Location: Bar Harbor, ME 04609 Hancock County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 19.762', W 68° 11.023'

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Along Acadia National Park's rocky shores, there is only one sand beach. Over 15,000 years ago glacial ice carved out this valley. Melting glaciers and rising sea waters flooded it, creating a protected cove. A headland and a rock shelf offshore divert and diminish the power of the ocean, allowing fine particles to settle in the cove. Take a look at a handful of beach "sand" and you will discover mostly bits and pieces of crushed shells, an unusual composition for a northern beach.

Swimming at Sand Beach is only for the hardy. Even on warm summer days the water temperature may be a chilling 50?F (10?C).

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In the protected waters of Newport Cove slower-moving water drops sand which waves may deposit on the beach.

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Close examination of the sand reveals sparkling quartz, pink feldspar, and a high percentage of shell fragments and other remains of marine animals.
HM NumberHM10TC
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 8:45am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 565081 N 4908779
Decimal Degrees44.32936667, -68.18371667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 19.762', W 68° 11.023'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 19' 45.72" N, 68° 11' 1.38" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 41 Ocean Path, Bar Harbor ME 04609, US
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