....dazzlingly white, powder-fine sensuous to the touch ... comfortable to walk and lie on, even at high noon. You will find this unique sand in the 1,000 year old resort in the Mexican Caribbean.
A chemical analysis of this sand prepared by a leading US geological observatory, reveals that it is derived from aged old limestone rock. Many of the individual grains visible only under very high magnification, contain star shaped fossils of a particular nannoplankton known as Discoaster. According to the laboratory report, these fossils have been extinct for at least the past one million years and possible as many as 70 million years!
Each grain has a distinctively polished surface that produces the characteristic whiteness of the sand. Grain size averages 0.2 millimeters in diameters. Average grain density of Cancun sand is 1,566 grams per cubic centimeter. There are approximately 8,000 individual grains of this sand per one square inch of Cancun beach.
Dr. Floyd W. McCoy, a Marine Sedimentologist and Geological Oceanographer who prepared the laboratory analysis, concludes that the composition and qualities of Cancun sand are unique.
"It is different from beach sands I have observed while conducting studies in other areas of the Caribbean and throughout the world", the scientist reports. "Included", he adds, "are the green and black sands of Hawaii, Tahiti and Fiji".
The unique air-conditioned sand and refreshing temperatures of the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean make swimming at Cancun not just a pleasure but a sensual experience.