Unusual Pocket Beach

Unusual Pocket Beach (HM20FR)

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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Acadia National Park

Sand Beach is a geologic rarity - one of the few cold-water, shell-based sand beaches in the world. Sand beaches are uncommon in Maine, because cold water traps gases that dissolve seashells and most of the coastline consists of hard granite that erodes slowly. But here, the offshore rock, called "Old Soaker," diverts a strong current into a glacially formed pocket which captures shell fragments. This beach also is affected typically by a 12-foot variance between low and high tides. Do not underestimate the strength of the tides and currents. The surface sands rest on a huge bed of granite cobbles - both of which can totally disappear after hurricanes reclaim them into the Gulf of Maine.Beach Safety Tips · Watch for slippery or loose rocks. · The water is cold - 45-55°F (7-13°C). · Be alert for changing tides and strong waves that could carry you out to sea.Protect the Park · Pets are not permitted on this beach in the summer. · Stay off the dunes and grass. · Do not feed or disturb wildlife.
HM NumberHM20FR
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 4:01pm 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
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Ocean Path, Bar Harbor ME 04609, US
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