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Mysterious “beach cusps” observed in Fuvahmulah

Mysterious “beach cusps” observed in Fuvahmulah

I was baffled and amazed to see the picture uploaded by Nasih Thaath in Fuvahmulah online that unfolds the mysterious beach formation in the northern beach -thoondu- of our island. People say everything about Fuvahmulah is unique and mysterious. That i s true. Thoondu is a phenomenal place.

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It is the most breathtaking and mysterious beach in the Maldivian archipelago. Twenty years ago, the white sandy beach was so vast that it stretched hundreds of meters across  the northern tip of our island, creating natural phenomenon that puzzled and attracted thousands of people. The edge of the sand adjoining the beach was so slanted that we used the base of the coconut leaf (beedi) to glide down the sand. It was skiing. Hold on! Lets look at the mysterious beach formation in Thaath’s picture. Some pictures similar to these have gone viral on the internet in other parts of  the world.

 

englandAn image (pic in the left) featuring strange patterns – beach cusps – on a beach in Dorset, England went viral in September 2015, on the content-sharing site Reddit.

These formations are called BEACH CUSPS. This phenomena is not fully understood. Scientists have been carrying out researches for 50 years and they are able to conclude just two theories.

 

They ‘believe’ two causes for this formation. The ‘standing edge theory’ claims that the interaction between the normal waves approaching the shore and the edge waves gives rise to regularly spaced-points of different wave intensity. Meanwhile the self-organization theory explains that beach cusps are products of interactions among wave, currents, as well as sand over time that result feedback loop.

But these occurrences happen in shoreline made up of various grades of sediment in an arc pattern. The horns are made up of coarser materials and the embayment contains all the finer grain sediment. They can be found all over the world and are most noticeable on shorelines with coarser sediment such as pebble beaches. Thoondu is a place where you can observe one of the most mysterious sediments- called “thoondu veyli” or pebbles. These shining white pebbles resemble gems. However, they can occur with sediment of any size. They nearly always occur in a regular pattern with cusps of equal size and spacing appearing along stretches of the shoreline. These cusps are most often a few metres long. However, they may reach 60 m (200 ft) across.

Once cusps have been created they are a self-sustaining formation. This is because when an oncoming wave hits the horn of a beach cusp, it is split and forced into two directions. The crashing of the wave into the cusps slows its velocity, causing coarser sediment to fall out of suspension and be deposited on the horns. The waves then flow along the embayments (picking up finer sediment) and run into one another in the middle. After this collision these waves attempt to flow back out to sea where they are met by incoming waves. Therefore, once the cusp is established, coarser sediment is constantly being deposited on the horn and finer sediment is being eroded away from the embayments. This process causes the horns and embayments to at least maintain their size, if not grow larger.

According to researches most of these formations do not last long. It forms in a quick pace of time and vanishes quickly.

We have witnessed natural occurrences such as bissaaveli – formation of huge water pools in naturally engraved area of the sand- formation, and the “moving” of the sand across the northern end, and we have been gifted with the pebbles of gems in the beach.

Beach cusp is another phenomena the nature has bestowed upon us. This is the first time that we have witnessed this occurrence. But perhaps it has occurred in the past. Who knows! Nature’s tranquility and perfection have eluded us from these occurrences. Man is ignorant to judge nature. Its so mighty and complex. Natural phenomenon are greatest signs of god’s creation and existence.

Article contributed by Yasir Salih

sources

http://www.boredpanda.com/beach-cusps-sand-patterns-waves/
http://www.awesomeinventions.com/mysterious-beach-cusps/
http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/09/the-mystery-of-beach-cusps.html
http://travel.aol.co.uk/2015/09/22/beach-cusps-dorset-beach-strange-patterns/
http://www.elitereaders.com/beach-cusps/
http://www.theweathernetwork.com/uk/news/articles/climate-and-environment/see-waves-create-mysterious-beach-cusps-in-dorset/57539/
https://www.researchgate.net/post/Can_you_explain_the_Mysterious_Beach_Patterns_that_found_in_England_and_USA_and_how_are_they_formed
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Fuvahmulah Thundi Maahifun Event_


Maahefun
 or Maahifun Celebration marks the beginning of the Ramadan, Where the Muslims in Maldives celebrate the taking of their last meal before beginning the month-long fasting. It is a traditional celebration where everybody gathered to have their last meal before fasting and thereafter the peoples of Maldives began to throw any living thing that moves into nearest beach,

Fuvahmulah Thundi is one of the most visited places of Fuvahmulah on this Festival, People from Male and other islands of Maldives visit the closest uninhabited island on this occasion.

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Food Places in Fuvahmulah
Royal Restaurent
Mango

Activities

 

 

Maahifun 2015 at Fuvahmulah thundi by Asad’s Photography | Ibrahim Asad | http://asad.photo

 

Maahifun 2011 at Fuvahmulah thundi by Asad’s Photography | Ibrahim Asad | http://asad.photo

 

 

 

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I have a huge feeling for her, She is the prettiest among all the other 1100 in 20 Atolls in Maldives, She is hot and her warmth kept me smiling for last couple of days spent with her, She hosts most beautiful beaches in Maldives including the unique pebble beach to different beaches from hathaa and white sandy powder beaches COMMENT WITH LOVE AND DOUBLE TAP TO SHARE WITH YOUR LOVED ONE, PHOTO BY Asad

I have a huge feeling for her, She is the prettiest among all the other 1100 in 20 Atolls in Maldives, She is hot and her warmth kept me smiling for last couple of days spent with her, She hosts most beautiful beaches in Maldives including the unique pebble beach to different beaches from hathaa and  white sandy powder beaches COMMENT WITH LOVE AND DOUBLE TAP TO SHARE WITH YOUR LOVED ONE, 
PHOTO BY Asad

I have a huge feeling for her, She is the prettiest among all the other 1100 in 20 Atolls in Maldives, She is hot and her warmth kept me smiling for last couple of days spent with her, She hosts most beautiful beaches in Maldives including the unique pebble beach to different beaches from hathaa and  white sandy powder beaches COMMENT WITH LOVE AND DOUBLE TAP TO SHARE WITH YOUR LOVED ONE, 
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Fuvahmulah Trip – The natural beauty of the Maldives

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It was long back until last month when I last went to Fuvahmulah in 2009 on a vacation. That previous trip wasn’t that good as we had to stay at home most of the time which was specially organized for the circumcision of my son. We stayed for 16 days, could hardly visit to any friends or go anywhere but could only make my motor bike license which made that trip worth having gone.

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This time it was for a short holiday of 10 days, we enjoyed a lot though. The shortest holiday but the awesomest, I must say. I met many of my schoolmates and classmates plus my friends and childhood friends which was the best part of our vacation. It seemed that everything was special about the island trip that I made from 29th May till 10th June, felt like home unlike other times and willing to go back again and again.

Fuvahmulah Airport - The Airport

We now have an airport in the island and have daily two flights (on demand) except Fridays and Mondays. However we will never forget how we used to arrive and depart from the island when we had no harbor and no airport. Scary sea and killer waves took many people’s lives in the island including some visitors. I must say I was one of the luckiest who survived after being almost drowned and swept away in the deep lagoon in the strong sea current while trying to save two other small girls’ lives. They were rescued and saved, so was I. Thank God!

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At this moment, I feel that I must describe the island beauty and give some specifications. But I am sure you need not much details as you can read from the internet and also if you are from Maldives, you must have heard about the island for sure.

Fuvahmulah being one of the most beautiful islands in the Maldives, it has lots of unique features that no person can resist going there at least once in their lifetime. And if visited once, they would be willing to go again and again. Beautiful vegetation in the tropical island nation, fruits, vegetables and flowering plantation are most interesting part one would love to see. The greenery of the island is just irresistible which is why it stands out in superiority. Plus the friendly people and the hospitality that welcome everyone with an open heart is widely spoken about among the Maldivian.

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Even though being one of the locals and being raised there, this time I have seen that I had never seen before. That assures that every district of the island has something unique about it’s characteristics. It’s very different from the way of speaking our dialect to the way of living style and dressing. Each district has it’s own distinctive features. We can say they live like as if they were from 8 separate different islands.

On my last trip, I was staying with my eldest sister who is living in “Miskihmagu” district, the next division to “Funaadu” where I was born and grown up. I have seen lot’s differences among them that I have never seen from my division people… I cannot exactly say what the differences are, but it’s amazing to learn about them.

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Our days started by 10:00 in the morning with a coffee followed by breakfast after a peaceful sleep. My son would play together with his cousins and either stay at home playing some computer games or go out for a ride. I would help a little with the cooking of lunch with my sister. We would have a chitchat about the previous day and talk about the plans of the day. Take a bath and go to my home to meet with my parents.

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My mother would prepare lunch for us, so we would sit and rest in my own house (my parent’s house) after lunch and when the sun goes a little down in the evening after 4:00 pm it’s time for me to ride the motor bike with my niece or a friend to see the places around. We would go either to buy something from a shop for my return preparation or see the beach and have some snapshots of the island. I love photography but the worst thing happened with me was that I always would forgot to take pictures or take camera with me when I moved around.

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Picking fruits & vegetables from the plants is something that I love to do. There are many types of vegetable plants and fruit trees in our land as well. In the backyard and in the front of the house – in the garden. We always have fresh tropical fruits, fresh green vegetables (leaves), and vegetables ready to pick and eat.

We have Bilimbi, Papaya, Mango, Custard Apple, Stone Apple, Banana, Water Melon, Rock Melon, Rose Apple, “Dhanbu” (Dhanbu – English name not known) Musk Melon, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Naaring, Mandarin Orange, Guava, Starfruit, Pineapples, Breadfruit, Pomegranate and many more including vegetables and chilies.

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Enjoying the motorbike rides was the most amazing thing that I got to do. Loved the scenery all the way. Mostly from one district to the other while riding along on the long wide beach side road which is half constructed for the opening ceremony of the island harbor.

During the trip I took the advantage of getting the driving license for cars and motorbikes in all zones. The best thing I achieved. Now I can drive cars and ride motorbikes in Male (the capital city) as well. Lucky me! Thanks to my sisters children who made it possible, without them it wouldn’t have been possible.

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To be honest, it was a carefree lifestyle I got to experience after such a long time. After marriage and having children, I hadn’t been able to move that freely in my whole life.

Everyday we would meet new people or old friends whom I have missed being with and some good FB friends and would go to have meals or snacks in different restaurants. Restaurants were really good in Fuvahmulah, tastes of the food were satisfactory so were the other services. Well maintained and organized. Thanks to the friends for the time spent with me and the kindness they have shown. I appreciate it a lot!

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The above Lake in the photo is where the Lake Side Restaurant is located. Such a beautiful place, an amazing view with the sight of different kinds of domestic birds such as “Valikukulhu” or Moorhen crossing the lake and flying. The fishes (freshwater fishes – “footumas”) gathering like thousands for food when fed with bread crumbs. Felt like sitting in an over water restaurant in a high class hotel – a five star feeling in a local island. I really couldn’t believe my eyes…

 

This lake is very large and spread within three districts that are Funaadu, Maalegan and Miskihmagu. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the place. When I went there for dinner, both times it was dark, therefore not enough light to take pictures of inside the place in the night time.

This beach is very different from the beaches in other islands of the Maldives. There is something special and unique about it. This beautiful broad sandy beach is at the northernmost point of Fuvhamulah in the district of Dhadimagu. It’s sands are formed by white round pebbles which are unusually smooth and shiny.

 

hey say, “there used to be a natural phenomenon called “Bissaaveli” annually happening in there. The Bissaaveli forms when part of the sandy beach moves away from the shore towards the edge of the reef, thus creating a lagoon enclosed by the sand and the shore of the island.”

 

When the Bissaaveli is well-formed it’s enclosed from all sides in the sand creating a natural shallow swimming pool up to neck level where locals liked to swim. This phenomenon has not occurred since 2000 until very recently or let’s say since they started the Fuvahmulah Harbor construction. It’s believed that the construction of the harbor somehow affected the current patterns around the island.

 

Another phenomenon occurs in the south-east side shore of the island which belongs to Dhoondigam and Funaadu districts. This is very close to the area where the airport is located now. This natural phenomenon is called “Kalho-Akiri” (meaning- Black Pebbles) This area has only Black Pebbles on the beach which is quite unusual to the normal white coral sand beaches. However this phenomenon has been affected adversely by the construction of the harbor as well.

P.S. My trip ended with lots of entertainments, enjoyment, relaxation and beautiful memories. One thing very good about the island is everyone is busy building their houses and making their own gardens like having a competition which makes the island look more developed and beautiful.

“Fuvahmulah people” also have been the best when it comes to welcoming their guests. We offer the best hospitality in the whole Maldives. When we invite our friends to our beautiful island, it’s always different and we offer a warm welcome that the guests will never forget!

Special Thanks; I will never forget the handmade coffees and the tender coconut drinks given by my friends. Coffees were so tasty and had the real coffee taste. Tender Coconuts were so fresh and sweet and that’s something I am always dying to have. Loved it!

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Havitha – A historical aspect of Maldives, Havitha is one of the biggest budhist stupa’s in Maldives which was burried when the Maldivian converted to Island these stupa’s were burried.
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Havitha – A historical aspect of Maldives, Havitha is one of the biggest budhist stupa’s in Maldives which was burried when the Maldivian converted to Island these stupa’s were burried.

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Fuvahmulah Airport – The Airport

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The most vulnerable island of sinking nation – Fuvahmulah

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Fuvahmulah is comparatively one of the largest islands in Maldives. Similarly, the environmental threats facing this island are comparatively large too. Recently, the troubles has taken a new twist with reports of severe erosion filling the big headlines in newspapers and with government officials having forced to answer questions relating to the huge devastation facing this island with a vibrant population of about 10,000.

Bandaara Kilhi, The clear water lake which is among the most clear in the Maldives.
Bandaara Kilhi, The clear water lake which is among the most clear in the Maldives.

No matter how critical the condition is, how urgent it is to make a start now, no real action is seen in progress as yet, but the usual spin and constant lies of relevant authorities.

These incidents did not start instantaneously. It was predicted much earlier and is now predicted to see worse circumstances in the coming days. During September 2007, a big portion of soil adjacent to the lagoon broke off from the mainland and collapsed into the sea from four different areas near the Bodu Fannu region of the island. The former island chief, answering to a reporter said that “if a solution was not found soon (for erosion) the island would be facing an environmental disaster”. It has been noticed that the overall speed of erosion recently has rapidly increased. A local news website reported the collapse of a 37 feet long portion into the lagoon this week itself. Now this is becoming alarmingly depressing. This not a political issue, but rather a moral issue, which deserves some serious attention. The question we need to ask our selves is what we as individuals can do? Are we going to stand with fingers crossed doing nothing till we drown into the middle of Indian ocean? Or else, are we ready to do stop further erosion? More specifically, are we going to wake up those ‘sleeping’ officials at relevant ministries before it’s too late? May be some would prefer to wait till the father of environment arrives with some sort of magic designed exclusively to stop our problem once and for all.

On 13th April 2008, a big crowd of youth from the island took matters into their hands when they gathered in front of the island office in protest of the widespread illegal theft of sand from the beautiful lagoons of the island. The group demanded for an immediate ban on taking sand from fuvahmulah Lagoons. They put forward a proposal outlined with 14 points that tells the island office how they could stop the illegal actions. Of course, what motivated these youths was not that some poor folks snatched a few bags of sand to finish that construction of that unfinished room, but what motivated them is the huge impact these actions has on the overall environment of an island they love so much.

Fuvahmulah Thundi, Peoples enjoying at the beaach

Recently, there seems to be much hype about the construction of seawall or seawalls near the affected areas. In April, Haveeru Daily reported that Environment ministry has tasked a private company named Riyan with doing detail designs on a possible seawall for Fuvahmulah. In reference to the environment ministry officials, the paper reported that the development of this seawall is divided into a number of phases. According to Riyan Pvt Ltd, they were to test on two types of seawalls, revetment and breakwater seawall, of which one type could be selected by the environment ministry to be built in the affected areas of fuvahmulah. The sound of this gives a relief to all of us. But do we know how far this has progressed now? Do we know for sure this is not yet another political gimmick?

Relating to the September collapses, the former island chief mentioned, “Erosion is already a huge problem for the island,” he said. “With the reef collapses it will only get worse. Already the original size of the island has changed due to erosion. We are constantly reporting such occurrences to the concerned authorities. Even recently a team from the Environment Ministry came here to carry out some research and published a report. But nothing has ever been done about it.

Some kids having fun at Fuvahmulah Thundi, Its amazing pebbles keep shining with the kids activities.
Some kids having fun at Fuvahmulah Thundi, Its amazing pebbles keep shining with the kids activities.

While I salute the courage of our youth and feel proud for their unwavering affection for this island, I detest the ignorance of the top officials at environment and atolls ministry, who are either lost daydreaming in their AC rooms or busy playing their part in the current political theatre. No matter what, one fact remains clear. If not resolved soon, we would see the disappearance of a major piece of land from the map of this nation, leading to the evacuation of an entire population, probably in the next few decades.

Article by Huxam

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Happy Teachers day to the Maldivian teachers and Edhurun

Photo by Asad | http://asad.photography
Teachers’ Day is celebrated as a tribute to the valuable contribution made by teachers to the society by imparting knowledge and enlightening and shaping the career of students. Celebration of Teachers’ Day is fairly popular in many Island of Maldives across the Atolls and is even acknowledged by UNESCO.Celebrating teachers day in Fuvahmulah, Teachers to keep learning, improve teaching quality, embrace innovation and serve as exemplary models for their students.

GN Atoll Education Center Principle Mr Abdulla Rasheed Speaking at Silver Jubilee 2011 at GN Atoll Education Center

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