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Myrtos Beach is situated in the region of Pylaros, in the north-west of Kefalonia. The beach is situated between the feet of two mountains, Agia Dynati and Kalo Oros. Myrtos is world-famous for the magical colours of the water (from sky-blue to dark blue, green-blue and turquoise). In the evening when the sun is on the horizon, the water is coloured by magnificent colours, (red, yellow, purple, orange), as the sun disappears. The situation of the beach is also imposing and magical. For all these reasons Myrtos has been voted 12 times the best Greek beach and every year is in the top-ten beaches of the world.

Geology: The surrounding sediment at Myrtos Beach is generally made up of Marble, a metamorphosed limestone. The beach is made up of round, white cobblestones which decrease in size to that of a small pebble. The sediment gradually becomes smaller as you approach the shoreline. Because the slope angle has an abrupt drop near the edge of the shoreline the wave energy that is continually acting on Myrtos Beach is very high. This wave action is what causes the gradation trends from cobbles to pebbles along the beach.

Longshore current, along with wave energy, has an effect on the beauty of this beach. As waves curve along the beach they also pick up the finest bits of marble; this creates what is known as sediment plumes. These plumes follow the curve of the beach with the direction of the waves making the water a brilliant shade of turquoise. Because of the strength of the waves they carry the plume out past the headlands. Then wave refraction takes over pulling the plumes back into the bay, which is what creates the beautiful anchor shape.

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  • Copyright: Fritz Leopold (fleopold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 121] (1375)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2008-08-16
  • Categories: Nature
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2008-08-27 21:31
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