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18 May


Algal reefs of Kinmen gaining popularity

There are an amazing coast view

Photo: CNA

/NOVOSTIVL/ A large patch of green algal reefs recently discovered off the coast of Nanshantou on Little Kinmen, a tiny islet to the west of offshore Kinmen County, has become a tourist attraction. This article appeared in the China News Agency.

Nanshantou is known for its unique natural basalt coastal landscape.

Basalt is a very common dark-colored volcanic rock composition rich in magnesium, iron and silica. It comes in a variety of colors including red, yellow and brown, according to local ecological observer Hung Ching-chang.

The surface of basalt can be modified to some extent by weathering, but hard rocks tend to resist weathering and erosion better than softer sedimentary rock, resulting in the instantly recognizable "grooved" surface of basalt formations, Hung said.

Around March and April every year, two of the best-known marine green alga species -- ulva and enteromorpha -- flourish on the surface of the reefs, forming an amazing coastal view, Hung said.