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What makes a pink sand beach—a million pieces of shattered coral? A trick of the eye and the light? On Harbour Island in the Bahamas—one of the most famous beaches pictured here—the pink hue comes from foraminifera, a microscopic organism that actually has a reddish-pink shell, while the sand is a mix of coral, shells, and calcium carbonate. It sounds like a science project, but in truth, it's one of the most magical things we've seen. Here, ten places around the world with some of the most beautiful pink sand.
This gallery was originally published in 2016. It has been updated with new information.
Crane City, Barbados
Tangsi Beach, Lombok, Indonesia
Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece
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