Fun Facts About the Seaside

The UK’s coastline is well over 6,000 kilometres long! It varies dramatically and has a number of different rocky habitats, ranging from calm, sheltered coves and rocky beaches to tall, rocky cliffs. Within each of these rocky habitats the conditions are constantly changing, due to the ever-changing tides as well as other environmental factors such as temperature and wind. Rocky shores are formed when waves erode softer rocks, leaving harder rocks exposed.

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Sea birds often roost in coastal areas and the nests of terns and plovers can be found on rocky shores. Herring gulls, black-headed gulls, redshanks, and common terns are among the many types of bird that visit coasts in search of food. Large birds, such as the peregrine falcon, build their nests on cliff faces.

Sand castles

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Sand castles are castles made of sand and water. 

The tallest recorded sand castle is 16.68 m tall.kids sand castle

Some people make sand castles as their job, it is seen as art and sculptures, some people may have experience in building or sculpting with clay or other types of material. Others do it as a hobby.

Sand castles are built from grains -- billions of tiny sharp-edged particles that rub and tumble together. 

The strength of a sand castle depends on how the grains interact. Damp sand sticks together because water forms little grain-to-grain bridges. Surface tension acts like strong rubber bands between the grains, bonding them firmly together. Adding water to damp sand fills spaces between the grains. The bridges vanish and the sand begins to flow more easily.

Sun cream 

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SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor.

Make sure you put sun cream on all areas of your skin that will not be protected by your clothes - remember to put some sun cream under your clothes that the sunlight can go through- if you can see through it, sunlight can get through it!

 

 

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Ice cream

The first English ice cream recipe was published in 1718.

The end of World War II was celebrated by eating ice cream.

The tallest ice cream cone was 10ft 1.6inches!

Sea shells

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The largest seashell is called syrnix aruanus and means false trumped and is the shell from a large sea snail, it can be up to 91cm and weigh 18kg!

Sea shells are the external skeletons of a class of marine animals called mollusks. Where people have our skeletons on the inside of our bodies, mollusks have their skeletons on the outside of theirs.

Mollusks can turn their shells different colors by eating a variety of colorful food. For example, red seaweed gives some sea animals a red shell.

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