Fine Particle Deposition at Vainguinim Tourist Beach, Goa, India


  • P. Chandramohan
  • S. Jaya Kumar
  • V. Sanil Kumar
  • D. Ilangovan


Beach nourishment, heavy minerals, black sand, tourist beach, Indian coast, sediment transport


Vainguinim Beach is a small and narrow pocket beach located on the rocky coast of Dona Paula Bay, at the estuarine front of the Zuari River in Goa, India. The beach has been widely used for recreation and swimming by a large number of tourists. The beach sediments consist primarily shell fragments and quartz, with heavy minerals composed of ilmenite, magnetite and manganese. The black stain of the fine-grained heavy minerals deposited on the beach face reduces the aesthetics of the beach. This paper summarises the various studies undertaken to identify the sediment processes and the possible measures to improve the usability of the beach.