Irish Beach Gets its Sand Back After 33 Years
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Many people on an island in western Ireland are excited.
They are celebrating a new beach. But actually, it is the return of an old beach.
The people live in Dooagh, a small community on Achill Island.
Older residents of Dooagh remember traveling down to the coastline and walking on the sand.
But during a storm in the 1980s, the beach washed away. All that remained were rocks, seaweed and small pools of water.
In recent weeks, the beach returned.
Sean Molloy works for the Achill Island tourist office. He told reporters that the sand began returning to Dooagh Bay last year. He said the water seemed brighter because there was more sand below.
Then this year, after a series of storms in April when the wind was blowing hard, the sand appeared along the coastline.
Residents woke up one morning after low tide to see 300 meters of soft sand.
A local restaurant owner told The Guardian newspaper that people heard about the beach's return and are visiting Dooagh to take a look.
"We have a beautiful little village as it is, but it is great to look out and see this beautiful beach instead of just rocks," the man said.
Achill Island is one of the western-most parts of Europe. A bridge connects the island with the rest of Ireland.
On Facebook, many people are posting videos and photographs of what Dooagh looked like for the past 33 years next to photos of what it looks like today.
People are talking about "the power of nature." One Canadian tourist called Dooagh his "home away from home." He was excited to see the changes.
A college professor in New Zealand called the Dooagh Beach story "a spectacular example of the way beaches change over time." He said the loss of the sand was a product of changing weather conditions and erosion. Sometimes the sand moves up the coastline. Other times, it moves out to sea.
The Achill tourist office is happy to have new visitors. It is now busy releasing photos of crowds coming to see the returned beach.
Sean Molloy said he hopes the beach becomes the sixth Blue Flag beach on Achill Island. That means the areas must meet high standards for being clean, well-managed and environmentally friendly.
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1.travel down 沿着...走
After the trip by camel, we're going to travel down the River Nile.
The three days, made best use of, suffice for a well-managed life.
3.look out 注意；当心
They would look out through the cracks of their weather-beaten door.
4.move out 搬出；开始行动
They had a huge row and Sally moved out of the house.
1.People are talking about "the power of nature." One Canadian tourist called Dooagh his "home away from home."
away from home 离家；出门在外
She's been away from home for many years.
I ran away from home when I was sixteen.
2.Sometimes the sand moves up the coastline.
move up 提升；上升
His chairs can swivel, but they can't move up or down.
You can move up to work in films and the theatre.
他们在为新海滩庆贺 。其实只是之前的海滩复原了 。
但是20世纪80年代的一场暴风雨冲毁了沙滩 。最后只剩才岩石、海藻和零星水坑 。
肖恩·莫里（Sean Molloy）在阿基尔岛旅游办公室工作 。他告诉记者，去年开始，Dooagh海湾的沙子逐渐复原 。他说，沙子多了，水体也变得清澈起来 。
阿基尔岛是欧洲最靠近西部的岛屿之一 。一座桥跨阿基尔海峡与爱尔兰本土相联 。
很多人称这是“大自然的力量” 。一名加拿大游客称Dooagh是自己的“第二个故乡” 。他对于Dooagh的变化感到十分惊喜 。
新西兰的一名大学教授称Dooagh海滩就是“海滩会随时间变化的典型案例” 。他表示，沙子流失是由天气变化和海水侵蚀所致 。有时候，沙子会提升海岸线 。而有时候，沙子也会回归大海 。
阿基尔岛旅游办公室欢迎新的游客前来 。他们正忙着发布游客们观赏沙滩的照片 。
莫里希望这处海滩能成为阿基尔岛第6座蓝旗海滩 。也就是说，这片区域必须达到水体清澈，管理良好，环境友好的高标准要求 。