Where on Earth? - May 2012

Clues for May 2012:
1. This beach is on the west coast of a country that arose from the subduction of the Cocos Plate beneath the Caribbean Plate — starting 25 million to 15 million years ago during the Miocene — and the volcanism that followed.
2. The beach is located at the neck of the host country’s largest peninsula and is where most of the country’s seismic activity occurs.
3. The “large” 3.6-kilometer-long beach is one of four beaches that comprise a national marine park that is the nesting site of the largest colony of Leatherback sea turtles in the Pacific.
Name the beach and its location.
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Answer: Forming part of the Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, Playa Grande is situated on Costa Rica’s northwestern coast. The 3.6-kilometer-long beach is a popular destination for tourism and surfing, and it is also a prominent nesting site for Leatherback sea turtles. Photo is by William Jasen.
May winners
Jean Bahr (Madison, Wis.)
Bidya Bhusan Chhualsingh (Aberdeen, Scotland)
Kayla Nelson (Bellevue, Idaho)
Norman D. Smith (Lincoln, Neb.)
David Weekes (Richland, Wash.)
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01 May 2012