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Monday, April 13, 2015

Small change


Last week we noticed quite a few small sand dollars or perhaps they should be called sand quarters or sand dimes? washed up on Salmon Creek Beach.  

So this was intriguing.  Eric and I guessed that the sand dollars we saw ranged in size from smaller than a dime, to as large as a quarter, with the average size being about dime-sized.  The true range we measured was 10 to 23 mm in diameter, with an average size of about 17 mm.  

How well did they match the measurements of the coins?  I had never measured the coins before, but tonight I measured them a quarter is 23 mm across and a dime is 17 mm across.  Amazing!  Our estimates were pretty darn good relative to the coins!  But we've both measured a lot of things for many years, and used a lot of coins, too, so I guess that shows you the value of practice and repetition (...or we just got lucky).  

I wrote about sand dollar skeletons a few years ago, so if you'd like to learn more about them, you can review the post called "Petals and grooves".

1 comment:

Leth Benz said...

way to be on the money, you two!