machair

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machair

(ˈmæxər)
n
(Agriculture) Scot (in the western Highlands of Scotland) a strip of sandy, grassy, often lime-rich land just above the high-water mark at a sandy shore: used as grazing or arable land
[C17: from Scottish Gaelic]
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The sand of barrier islands is conserved even during storms, as it's pushed landwards, in the process creating the machairs, where most farming on the islands takes place.
Many islands have natural beauty, but I've yet to see anything to compare with the beaches of Harris, the multi-hued spring wild flowers on the machairs of Uist, or great natural vistas like the Cuillins as seen from Elgol on Skye.
The Hebrides Islands, lying to the west, have a range of geological features, from mountains to machairs (level plains of green turf on fertile layers of sand).