Tag: beaches

Nantucket Essays

Leaving the Crowds Behind

~ by Robert P. Barsanti ~ I think we forget how little land Nantucket actually has. If you nibble the sandy, pointy ends off, the island stretches barely fifteen miles across and four miles. Further, the island’s streets, sidewalks, and stores aren’t designed for the 60,000 people that move into […]

Nantucket Essays

It’s a Small Island

~ by Robert P. Barsanti ~ The ocean has bestowed some special gifts on Fisherman’s Beach this summer. Sometime over the spring, the currents off shore shifted and built up a flat, gently sloping beach. So, in July, you can walk out thirty yards into the water and still be […]

Island Science

‘Suds’ on the Beach – SeaFoam

• by Dr. Sarah Oktay, Director, University of Massachusetts Nantucket Field Station • One of the most common questions I get each year is: “What is the foam I see on the water in the harbor or in salt ponds like Sesachacha or Hummock Pond?” This foam looks alarmingly like […]

Nantucket Events

Celebrate Summer at the Beach & the Wharf

Watch out, Michelangelo, because this little island is about to give you a run for your lira. On Saturday, August 17, Jetties Beach will come alive with sand sculptures made by teams of islanders of all ages. For the 40th year in a row, Nantucket Island School of Design (NISDA) […]

Nantucket Essays

Billion Year Beach

• by Robert P. Barsanti • I was thinking about how strange it is. My two boys and I have spent much of the summer at Cisco this year.  Freed from the predictable pattern of the pond, they run through the dunes, spray themselves with sun screen and plunge into […]

Cisco Beach Erosion
Island Science

Coastal Beach Processes & Erosion

• by Dr. Sarah D. Oktay, Managing Director UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station • There is perhaps no other topic concerning Nantucket that is more of a hot button issue than erosion. All around the island we are experiencing between 0.74 to 12.0+ feet of erosion on our beaches and […]