And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
William Blake - Auguries of Innocence
I’ve written about Beverly & Greg becoming psammophiles or sand collectors. The word psammophile can also be used to describe an animal that prefers to live in the sand ("sand loving"). I am sure that my two friends are truly missing the warm sandy beaches of Saipan so it is not too far fetched to call them as such. I’ve been collecting small samples of sand to send the two every time I beachcomb. So far I’ve about 13 samples and only missing samples from a few beaches on Saipan. Take a look at some of the samples:
Hidden Beach is the northernmost Eastern beach on Saipan located in the village of Talofofo. It is a small pocket of a beach at the end of a stream. Most of the sand is composed of broken corals and shells.
SAN JUAN BEACH
DJ, TonTon & Laurina at San Juan Beach.
Look at it closely and you can see sizable silica crystals. Silicate rocks (SiO2, Silicon dioxide) like Quartz and Citrine, and carbonates like Calcite and Aragonite (CaCO3, Calcium carbonate) are quite abundant here to the delight of crystal hunters.
Black sand beaches on Saipan? Sure! I found a patch of black sand at LauLau Beach, Kagman close to where the dive cut is at. I’ve had the samples for more than 3 years thinking that they were mica (aluminum silicate). Mica usually forms in flakes but looking closely at the samples, the grains are clearly many sided.