Houses Built on Sand

Hong-Kong land reclamation. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The excessive extraction of oceanic sand has caused the large-scale erosion of China’s shoreline and fisheries, while a lack of regulation has allowed unstable sand to be used in construction…

Large-scale extraction of sand from China’s beaches began in the mid-1990s alongside increases in the domestic construction sector and escalating demand for the resource in both domestic and foreign land reclamation projects…

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