Archive - Red Beach, Peru

March 05, 2022


Every weekend we present a notable item from our archives.

This EPOD was originally published on June 23, 2014.

Photographer: Samuele Gasparini
Summary AuthorsSamuele Gasparini; Jim Foster

Shown above is Red Beach, part of the Paracas National Reserve, on the barren shores of the Pacific Ocean in Peru. The red coloration of the beach is attributed to pink granodiorite that has eroded out of the nearby cliffs of Punta Santa Maria by wave action, forming a reddish pebble-sand mix. The carmine color of the beach contrasts with the tans and browns of the adjacent coastal cliffs. Over 200 migratory bird species and approximately 3 dozen species of land and marine mammals are found in the Paracas Reserve. Photo taken on August 9, 2011.

Photo details: Camera Maker: FUJIFILM; Camera Model: FinePix S2000HD; Focal Length: 5.0mm; Aperture: f/7.0; Exposure Time: 0.0020 s (1/500); ISO equiv: 100; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows.

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