Natural sand ripple pattern

A Post from the Past [2009]

Weird and wonderful sculpturings in the sand defy description and comprehension. By processes that I do not yet understand, the sands of Rhossili Bay in Gower form an ever varying exhibition of ripple marks and sculpturings – often combined with streaks and designs of contrasting blue/black or red sediments against the predominantly yellow sand.  

The picture above shows in close-up one of the multiple parallel rows of follicle-like sculpturings in the wet sand. Below is a wider view of the beach looking northwards. This series of ripple marks owes its appearance not only to the presence of small ridges but also to the deposition of linear black markings that accentuate the graphic nature of the phenomenon. 

Natural sand ripples on the beach at Rhossili

© Jessica Winder and Jessica’s Nature Blog, 2009

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