The amazing horseshoe-shaped Pori beach in Pano (upper) Koufonissi.
The clear water here has a glowing luminiscent green tone ; it glitters like a treasured assortment of green jewels!
This dazzling water color is partly due to the reflective quality of the powdery white sand, which is actually shimmering quartz crystal.
Beach sand around the world is comprised of sea shells, coral and various minerals washed down through sediment depending upon the location.
The main ingredient that creates the green color is actually natural chlorophyll emanating from microscopic plankton or algae which can be found all over the world but is not often able to be seen. The other ingredient is a sand, which has as a primary ingredient white quartz crystal.
The luminescent glow is almost iridescent since the range of color can change from emerald to peridot to a greenish aquamarine depending upon conditions, which include the amount of the natural microscopic algae in the water, the clarity of the water and the amount of the sunlight’s reflection on the bright sugar sand bottom.
You have to fly out to some faraway island way out in the Caribbean, or to the Emerald Coast in Florida in order to even come close to experiencing such sensational scenery that is a natural phenomenon here along the Upper Koufonissi beaches.
Koufonissia is a community in the Cyclades, Greece, which includes 3 main islands. Pano Koufonissi is the smallest and most densely populated island of the Cycladic island group. It counts 400 residents.
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