SINHG Visits the Beach and the Barn

This month’s Seabrook Island Natural History Group (SINHG) trips included a visit to North Beach with Leslie Sautter, from the College of Charleston’s Department of Geology and Environmental Geoscience to study the constantly shifting geology of our barrier island’s coastline.

SINHG’ers learned about the importance of “longshore transport”, mostly from points north, in replenishing Seabrook’s beaches, and of the reasons for the periodic repositioning of Cap’n Sams Inlet between Seabrook and Kiawah. We were also surprised to learn that our beach sand contains titanium, mined in undeveloped areas elsewhere for use in electronic devices and other applications.

Later in the month, SINHG’ers visited Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding (CATR) at River Road’s Brickhouse Equestrian Center ( to observe therapeutic horseback riding classes for special needs children and adults. Every year, specially trained horses, instructors and volunteers serve up to 150 riders with physical, developmental and emotional challenges in the oldest such riding program in the southeast, in operation since 1991. We were so impressed with the care and compassion brought to these classes that two of our number signed up to volunteer!

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-Submitted by Norm Powers on behalf of SINHG

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