Editor's note: The Herald is running a series of GeoQuizzes written by students in Durango High School teacher Kurt Zeiner's geography class. For a class project, Zeiner had students gather into small groups and, with guidance from Travel Page Editor John Peel, each group wrote a Herald GeoQuiz.
By Kim Stiles and groupDurango High School Geography StudentsLife's a beach. Why don't you warm it up at some of the most beautiful, historic, famous beaches in the world?
Don't know where to start? Our job here at GeoQuiz headquarters is to help you find the places most desirable for your needs.
Tired of those nasty swimsuit tan lines? Or maybe you're just in it for the scenery. Either way, we have the beach for you.
Here's this week's GeoQuiz. (Answers on Page 11C.)1. Known mainly for the wealthy residents and beautiful scenery of Orange County, Calif., this beach was shown as the home of MTV's hit reality TV show that launched in 2006. It's also the name of the surrounding city.
2. This beach is 4 miles east of Sydney, Australia. Its aboriginal name means "water breaking over rocks." The surfing is rated a 7 (with 10 being most hazardous) because of a rip current called "The Backpacker's Express"
located close to the bus stop.
3. Boracay in the Philippines is home to a beach whose color of sand coincides with its name. Although it is slowly eroding, it is the main tourist attraction in Boracay and is lined with resorts, hotels, restaurants and other tourist-related businesses.
4. Known for its "clothing optional policy," this beach was rated one of the top 10 nude beaches of the world. Not surprisingly located in Europe, it is along the Baie de Pampelonne, just south of St. Tropez, France. Its name comes from a Pacific island.
5. This beach is arguably the most beautiful in the world, with its deep turquoise waters and tropical temperatures. It is part of the group of Society Islands of French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean. The island is surrounded by a barrier reef and is home to the extinct volcanoes Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu. The raised huts located in the lagoon make this beach so nice they named it twice.
6. This section of Miami Beach covers more than 23 blocks of the city after being developed from farmland in 1910. It's notorious for its hundreds of nightclubs and bars, as well as its prominence in the TV show Miami Vice.
7. This beautiful beach is famous for its fiery sands, as well as the volcanic rocks behind it. Located on Santorini Island in Greece, only 5 miles southwest of Fira, this small beach is ideal for snorkeling. If you're planning on going nude, watch out for the rocky cliffs above.
8. Situated on St. John's Island in the Caribbean, this beach is one of the seven that make up Caneel Bay. It's perfect for those who have just tied the knot, and want a relaxing getaway.
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