Sand Mining Database

Country Issue Region Day Month Year Type URL or Title Funding Fund Source
Algeria Sand Mining Eastern Coastal Region 25 Apr 2014 News View Source
Algeria Sand Mining Jijel – North-Eastern Coastal Region 20 Jan 2016 News View Source
Algeria Sand Mining Jijel 09 Jun 2015 News – Local View Source
Algeria Sand Mining 08 08 2008 News View Source
Antigua Sand Mining Caribbean – West Indies 21 May 2016 News View Source
Antigua Sand Mining Caribbean – West Indies 16 Apr 2015 News View Source
Argentina Sand Mining Buenos Aires 06 Sep 2016 News Video View Source
Argentina Sand Mining Rio Del Plata 28 Sep 2001 News View Source
Australia Sand Mining North Stradbroke 25 May 2016 News View Source
Australia Sand Mining North Stradbroke 15 Jul 2014 News View Source
Australia Sand Mining Great Barrier Of Reef 31 Jan 2014 News View Source
Australia Sand Mining Great Barrier Of Reef 07 May 2014 News View Source
Australia Sand Mining Great Barrier Of Reef 11 Jan 2012 News View Source
Australia Sand Mining North Stradbroke 20 Aug 2013 News View Source
Australia Offshore Sand Mining 15 May 1994 Journal Determining the Limits of Beach-Nearshore Sand Systems and the
Impact of Offshore Coastal Sand Mining
Bahamas Sand Mining Caribbean 10 May 2014 News View Source
Bahamas Sand Mining Bahamas 31 Oct 2008 News View Source
Bahamas Sand Mining Caribbean 28 May 2008 News View Source
Bangladesh Sand Mining Brahmanbaria – Eastern Bangladesh 11 Oct 2016 News View Source
Bangladesh Sand Mining South Asia 03 Jan 2011 News View Source
Barbuda Sand Mining Caribbean – West Indies 16 July 2013 News View Source
Barbuda Sand Mining Caribbean – West Indies 22 June 2013 News View Source
Barbuda Sand Mining Caribbean – West Indies 24 Mar 2013 News View Source
Benin Sand Mining West Africa 17 Jul 2014 News View Source
Benin Sand Mining 3 Oct 2008 News View Source
Brazil Sand Mining Rio de Janeiro 01 Apr 2015 News View Source
Cambodia Sand Mining Southeast Asia – Indochina Peninsula 02 Oct 2016 News View Source
Cambodia Sand Mining Southeast Asia – Indochina Peninsula 08 Sep 2014 News View Source
Cambodia Sand Mining Southeast Asia – Indochina Peninsula 18 Aug 2011 News View Source
Cambodia Sand Mining Southeast Asia – Indochina Peninsula 01 May 2010 Conservation Group View Source
Cambodia Sand Mining Koh Kong 16 Feb 2009 News View Source
Canada Sand Mining Prince Edward Island 01 May 2009 News View Source
Canada Offshore Sand Mining Gulf of St. Lawrence 15 May 1994 Journal Quartz-sand Exploitation from a Dredged Material Disposal Site
Cape Verde Sand Mining Macaronesia 02 Oct 2014 Film Documentary View Source
Cape Verde Sand Mining Macaronesia 05 Aug 2010 Film Documentary View Source
Chile Sand Mining Las Agatas – Isla Negra 10 Apr 2013 Video View Source
China Sand Mining Poyang Lake – Jiangxi Province 07 Apr 2016 NASA View Source
China Sand Mining Kinmen – ROC & Taiwan 09 May 2016 News View Source
China Sand Mining Guangdong – South China Sea coas 16 Aug 2012 News View Source
Cuba Sand Mining Caribbean 21 Apr 2015 News View Source
Dominican Republic Sand Mining Las Cañas 27 Dec 2012 Local Report
Egypt Sand Mining 2007 Industrial
England Offshore Dredging United Kingdom 31 Oct 2016 News View Source
Great Britain Sand Mining – Dredging United Kingdom Journal Review View Source
Fiji River Sand Mining Sigatoka River 18 Oct 2016 News View Source
France Sand Mining – Dredging Charente-Maritime 27 Apr 2016 News View Source
France Sand Mining – Dredging Bay of Lannion 12 Sep 2016 News View Source
France Sand Mining Anglet – Côte Basque 02 Apr 2013 News View Source
Ghana Sand Mining West Africa 29 May 2015 News View Source
Ghana Sand Mining West Africa 24 Apr 2014 News View Source
Grenada Sand Mining St. Andrew 06 Apr 2016 Video View Source
Grenada Sand Mining St David 19 Jul 2013 News View Source
India Sand Mining Gujarat 22 Nov 2011 News View Source
India Sand Mining Maharashtra – Mumbai 07 Oct 2016 News View Source
India Sand Mining Goa 22 Jan 2013 News View Source
India Sand Mining Malabar Coast – Kochi 03 02 2016 View Source
India Sand Mining Karnataka 04 Aug 2016 News View Source
India Sand Mining Kerala- Alappuzha 19 Oct 2013 News View Source
India Sand Mining Tamil Nadu 10 Oct 2016 News View Source
India Sand Mining Puducherry 06 Jun 2015 News View Source
India Sand Mining Kerala 31 Jul 2003 News View Source
India Sand Mining Andhra Pradesh 19 Jan 2016 News View Source
India Sand Mining Odisha 15 Oct 2016 News View Source
India Sand Mining West Bengal – Kolkata 24 Jul 2016 Journal View Source
Indonesia Sand Mining East Java Province 26 Sep 2015 Conservation Group View Source
Indonesia Sand Mining Krakatoa 23 Mar 2010 News View Source
Indonesia Sand Mining Riau Islands 06 Sep 2003 Journal View Source
Ireland Sand Mining Lough Neagh 27 May 2015 News View Source
Israel Sand Mining Tel Aviv 27 Jul 2016 News View Source
Jamaica Sand Mining Caribbean – Negril 24 Jan 2016 News View Source
Jamaica Sand Mining Trelawny 01 21 2014 News View Source
Jordan Sand Mining South Jordan Dec 2006 Government Download PDF
Kinmen Sand Mining ROC 09 May 2016 News View Source
Korea Offshore Dredging – Sand Mining Ongjin 15 Apr 2008 Journal View Source
Korea Offshore Dredging- Sand Mining 13 Dec 2005 Journal Challenges to sustainable development of Marine sand in Korea Government Korea Maritime Institute
Korea Offshore Sand Mining 9 Feb 2009 Journal Sediment dispersal and deposition due to Sand Mining in the
coastal waters of Korea
Government Koren Ocean R & D Institute
Lebanon Sand Mining Tyre 18 Nov 2013 News View Source
Liberia Sand Mining Duazon 18 Oct 2016 News View Source
Liberia Sand Mining Harper 05 Jun 2016 News View Source
Liberia Sand Mining Buchanan 15 Jun 2015 News View Source
Madagascar Sand Mining Fort Dauphin 2012 Industry News View Source
Malaysia Sand Mining Selangor 15 Jul 2014 News View Source
Malaysia Sand Mining Papar -Borneo 21 May 2016 News View Source
Maldives Sand Mining 17 May 2014 Interview View Source
Mauritius Coral Sand Mining 2004 United Nations View Source
Mexico Sand Mining Baja 25 Apr 2015 News View Source
Mexico Sand Mining Baja 25 Mar 2003 News View Source
Mexico Sand Mining Cozumel 29 Oct 2014 News View Source
Mexico Sand Mining Cabo Verde 13 Oct 2014 News View Source
Mexico Sand Mining Baja California 2 Nov 2004 Academic View Source
Montserrat Sand Mining Caribbean 10 Jun 2016 News View Source
Morocco Sand Mining Asilah 05 Aug 2016 Journal View Source
Morocco Sand Mining Larache – Tangier 14 Oct 2015 News View Source
Morocco Sand Mining Mehdya 06 Apr 2013 Dossier View Source
Namibia Sand Mining Asilah 10 Sep 2016 News View Source
Namibia Water Turbidity Fall 2002 Journal Consequences of Sediment Discharge from Dune Mining at
Elizabeth Bay, Namibia
Government CSIR – Council for Scientific and Industrial
Research (South Africe)
Netherlands Offshore Dredging – Sand Mining 2015 News View Source
Netherlands Sand Dredging 30 Aug 2016 News View Source
New Zealand Sand Mining North Island – Taranaki 24 Aug 2016 Blog View Source
New Zealand Sand Mining North Island – Pakiri Beach 08 May 2013 View Source
Nigeria Sand Mining Akwa Ibom 12 Apr 2016 News View Source
Nigeria Sand Mining Lagos State 03 Sep 2014 Video View Source
Nigeria Sand Mining Lagos State 16 Apr 2012 News View Source
Nigeria Sand Mining Delta State 08 Feb 2012 News View Source
Panama Sand Mining Punta Chame 04 Aug 2016 News View Source
Papua New Guinea Offshore Sand Mining New Britain – Bismarck Archipelago 08 Aug 2012 News View Source
Papua New Guinea Sand Mining Madang-Northern Papua New Guinea 27 Mar 2011 News View Source
Philippines Sand Mining Cagayan – Gonzaga 06 Nov 2012 Non-Profit View Source
Philippines Sand Mining Aparri – Cagayan 27 Feb 2014 News View Source
Philippines Sand Mining Ilocos Sur – Luzon 30 May 2013 Institutional View Source
Philippines Sand Mining Lingayen 06 Feb 2012 News View Source
Philippines Sand Mining Sorsogon City 17 Nov 2008 News View Source
Saint Kitts and Nevis Sand Mining Caribbean 24 Feb 2011 News View Source
Saint Kitts and Nevis Sand Mining Caribbean 13 Feb 2011 News View Source
Samoa Sand Mining Upolu – South Coast 04 Nov 2016 News View Source
Senegal Sand Mining Dakar 20 Jan 2016 News View Source
Senegal Sand Mining Saint Louis 09 May 2014 News View Source
Senegal Sand Mining Dakar 01 Nov 2007 INA Video View Source
Senegal Sand Mining Malika 09 Apr 2009 News View Source
Senegal Sand Mining Malika 13 Apr 2015 Journal View Source
Scotland Sand Mining Lochaline – Lochaber 13 Sep 2012 News View Source
Sierra Leone Sand Mining Lakka 26 Jun 2013 News View Source
Sierra Leone Sand Mining Freetown 27 Feb 2013 Dossier IRIN View Source
Singapore Sand Mining Southeast Asia 07 Sep 2015 News View Source
Singapore Sand Mining Southeast Asia 01 May 2010 Non-Profit View Source
Singapore Sand Mining Cambodia Export 11 Nov 2016 News View Source
Singapore Sand Mining Southeast Asia 14 Feb 2010 News View Source
South Africa Sand Mining KwaZulu-Natal & Eastern Cape 07 Jan 2016 News View Source
South Africa Sand Mining 01 Nov 2014 Institutional View Source
South Africa Sand Mining Wild Coast Region – Eastern Cape 01 May 2015 Film View Source
South Africa Sand Mining Durban 06 Mar 2015 News View Source
Spain Sand Mining Cadiz Valdevaqueros – Tarifa 12 Mar 2013 News – Local View Source
Sri Lanka Sand Mining Negombo to Chilaw – West Coast 10 Jul 2016 News View Source
Taiwan Sand Mining Kinmen 03 May 2016 News View Source
Taiwan Sand Mining Kinmen 24 Apr 2015 News View Source
Taiwan Sand Mining Kinmen 03 Dec 2011 News View Source
Tanzania Sand Mining Zanzibar- Unguja Island 06 May 2015 Dossier-Institutional View Source
Tanzania Sand Mining Zanzibar 25 Nov 2015 News View Source
Tanzania Sand Mining 18 May 2002 Journal Coastal Erosion and Its Social and Environmental Aspects in
Tanzania: A Case Study in Illegal Sand Mining
None Stated
Togo Sand Mining Lomé 24 Jan 2014 Video View Source
Togo Sand Mining Lomé 05 Mar 2012 Video View Source
Turks and Caicos Sand Mining Caribbean 22 Jan 2011 News View Source
Turks and Caicos Sand Mining Caribbean 09 Oct 201) News View Source
Ukraine Sand Mining Kiev 11 Nov 2016 News- Local View Source
Ukraine Lake Sand Mining Kiev 04 Nov 2016 News – Local View Source
Ukraine Sand Mining Crimean Peninsula 17 Nov 2016 News – Local View Source
United States Sand Mining California – Monterey 01 Sep 2014 Dossier View Source
United States Sand Mining California – Monterey 14 Jan 2016 News View Source
United States Sand Mining California – Monterey 19 Aug 2016 News View Source
United States Sand Mining North Carolina – Cape Shoals 27 Jun 2016 News View Source
United States Sand Mining Puerto Rico 27 Oct 2008 News View Source
United States Sand Mining Puerto Rico – Vieques Island 27 Oct 2008 News View Source
United States Offshore Sand Mining Maryland and Delaware 6 Nov 2003 Journal Potential Impacts of Sand Mining Offshore of Maryland and
Delaware: Part 2 – Biological Considerations
Government Minerals Management Service
United States Sand Mining Washington 2 Dec 2008 News View Source
United States Offshore Sand Mining Maryland and Delaware 6 Nov 2003 Journal Potential Impacts of Sand Mining Offshore of Maryland and Delaware: Part
1 – Impacts on Physical Oceanographic Processes
Government Minerals Management Service
United States Offshore Sand Mining 6 Nov 2003 Journal A Biological and Physical Monitoring Program to Evaluate
Long-Term Impacts from Sand Dredging Operation in
the United States Outer Continental Shelf
Government Minerals Management Service
United States Mid-Atlantic coast 8 Nov 2001 Journal An Investigation of Potential Consequences of Marine Mining in
Shallow Water: An Example from the Mid-Atlantic
Coast of the United States
Government Minerals Management Service, INTERMar
United States Offshore Sand Mining New Jersey Winter 2004 Journal Effects of Sand Mining on Physical Processes and Biological
Communities Offshore New Jersey, U.S.A.
Government Minerals Management Service
United States Sand Mining California/Monterey Bay 12 Feb 2006 Journal Sand Mining impacts on long-term dune erosion in southern
Monterey Bay
Government NSF, State of CA
United States Sand Mining Florida 16 May 2007 News View Source
Uruguay Sand Mining Colonia del Sacramento 01 Nov 2016 News- Local View Source
Uruguay Sand Mining Rio de la Plata 28 Sep 2001 Institutional View Source
Vanuatu Sand Mining 28 Feb 2006 News View Source
Wales Sand Mining 14 Mar 2003 News View Source

The beach ecosystem is made up of living and non-living parts.

Plants and animals and sand and water influence each other, often amidst breathtaking scenery. Greater than the sum of its parts, beaches sustain major portions of global biodiversity. With over half the world’s population living within 50 km of the coast, human influence on that biodiversity is inevitable, making the study of beaches even more important.


In This Section

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    Beach Basics

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    Exploring The Sand

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  • Flora and Fauna

    Flora and Fauna

    The beach is home to scores of amazing plants and animals. Learn just a few of these and make your next visit to the beach a treat.

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  • Safety

    Beach Safety

    Follow these safety tips to reduce risk of danger at the beach.

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  • Sand Dunes

    Sand Dunes

    Sand dune formation, types of dunes, and where they exist.

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  • Seashells

    Seashells

    Seashells are an important part of biological and geological beach processes as well as an important part of human culture.

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    Shoreline Engineering

    Shoreline engineering is a general phrase that refers to any method of changing or altering the natural shoreline system in order to stabilize it.

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  • Tides

    Changes In Sea Level

    Learn about tides, storm surges, and sea level rise.

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