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Purple Sand Makes Fine Castles

Pfeiffer Beach Pictures

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See for yourself. Pfeiffer Beach sand really is purple.
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No, the kids didn't spill something purple here. Manganese garnet, washed down from the hillside above, gives Pfeiffer Beach its distinctive purple sand. The further north you go, the more you'll see.

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