Biogenic sand is composed of exoskeleton or bone fragments of dead sea (usually) creatures. This sand is widespread in low latitude (less than 35°) beaches. There are many different organisms that can contribute to the formation of this sand type and therefore one biogenic sand may greatly differ from another.
Biogenic sand is usually light-colored and it’s components are usually made of carbonate material although some organisms prefer silica. Important source material of biogenic sand are the remains of clams, sea snails, foraminifera, algae, corals, echinoids, sponges, etc. Sand may consist of up to 100 percent of biogenic grains but mixtures of mineral and biogenic grains are common also.
Biogenic sand consisting of corals and foraminifera from Bermuda.
Biogenic sand (forams, corals) from Molokai, Hawaii.
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