Strong winds create otherworldly sand formations on Outer Banks beach

Strong winds create otherworldly sand formations on Outer Banks beach
Strong winds created large sand pedestals on a beach in North Carolina's Outer Banks. (Source: Cape Lookout National Seashore via Facebook)

CAPE LOOKOUT, NC (WMBF) – Is it a beach or a planet found in the Star Wars universe?

After strong winds blew through one beach in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, it’s kind of hard to tell.

On Sunday, Cape Lookout National Seashore posted photos to Facebook of “cool looking and unusually large sand pedestals” found at the north end of the North Core Banks.

Park officials said sand pedestals are formed when the sand is not uniformly hardened or resistant.

“The wind blows away the loose sand, leaving dome or pedestals which are more wind resistant due to moisture or cementation from ‘salcrete (sand stuck together by salt crystals),’” the post stated.

In addition to the pedestals, the wind will create darker, heavy mineral sand deposits as it cuts through the beach’s various layers.

Science Sunday: Cool looking and unusually large sand pedestals at north end of North Core Banks at mile 2 caused by the...

Posted by Cape Lookout National Seashore on Sunday, April 14, 2019

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