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Viewed from the distance of the moon, the astonishing thing about the earth, catching the breath, is that it is alive. The photographs show the dry, pounded surface of the moon in the foreground, dry as an old bone. Aloft, floating free beneath the moist, gleaming, membrane of bright blue sky, is the rising earth, the only exuberant thing in this part of the cosmos. If you could look long enough, you would see the swirling of the great drifts of white cloud, covering and uncovering the half-hidden masses of land. If you had been looking for a very long, geologic time, you could have seen the continents themselves in motion, drifting apart on their crustal plates, held afloat by the fire beneath. It has the organized, self-contained look of a live creature, full of information, marvelously skilled in handling the sun.

Lewis Thomas, The Lives of a Cell, 1974


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While I'm sure most of you have a pretty good idea of what happens on a beach, I suspect there are many subtle features of which you were not aware. Have you ever wondered where all that sand came from? Have you ever wondered why some beaches turn to rock in the winter? The answers to these questions and more will be revealed as we hit the beach!
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