Sand Mining

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The world’s beaches are being mined for sand for a variety of uses (aggregate in concrete, fill, beach renourishment). The practice is often very destructive and poorly managed (or unmanaged). This is a global phenomenon (Morocco, Caribbean Islands, India, South Africa and more). This theft of beach and dune sand is a direct cause of erosion along many shorelines. It is very damaging to the beach fauna and flora, ruinous to beach aesthetics, and frequently causes environmental damage to other coastal ecosystems associated with the beach such as wetlands.

Another major impact of beach sand mining is the loss of protection from storms surges associated with tropical cyclones and tsunamis. Some communities affected by the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean had higher storm surges probably due to beach sand mining resulting in fatalities. Sometimes it is difficult to tell that a beach has been mined. Sand extraction becomes difficult to recognize as the beach readjusts to a new profile after a few storms. But historic accounts of beaches in the Caribbean often reveal that beaches have been narrowed considerably. Mining is particularly senseless in a time of rising sea level when sand is sorely needed as a storm energy buffer.


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Lower Fish Haul Due To Sand Mining, Malaysia

malaysia-fishermen
News, Sand Mining
Jul
15

Hundreds of fishermen, in Selangor State, are facing huge financial losses after their monthly catch is slashed by half over the last three months allegedly because of sand mining near their fishing spot.

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The Government Is Lying About Stradbroke Island Sand Mining

north-stradbroke
News, Sand Mining
Jul
15

The Newman Government has misled the media and the public over its amendments to North Stradbroke Island sand mining legislation.

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Lawlessness in UP: Sand Mafias Thrive Without Shroud Of Fear

sand-mining-river-banks

The practice of illegal mining is common in the entire state of Uttar Pradesh, India, along the riverbeds as there is constant demand for sand. The builders in the region are always on the lookout for cheap sand which comes from a mafia that illegally mines the riverbed.

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Feds Decide Against Dredged Sand On NC island

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The National Park Service has backed off its proposal to use dredged sand to fight erosion on North Carolina’s Shackleford Banks, pleasing both environmentalists, who want to maintain the barrier island’s pristine condition, and local beach town officials, who want the sand for their shores.

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Liberia’s Poor and the Rising Sea

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A report on the threat to the environment in Liberia released by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) states that erosion in this West African country is causing the shoreline to recede in some cities, including Buchanan, Greenville, Harper and Robertsport, and that beach sand mining is also said to be the main contributing factor.

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Taranaki Seabed Mining Application Declined

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News, Sand Mining
Jun
18

An application to mine ironsands off the south Taranaki coast has been declined. In today’s decision, the New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency said the major reason for refusing consent was the uncertainty around the scope and significance of potential environmental effects.

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New Zealand May Kick Start Race To Mine The Ocean Floor

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News, Sand Mining
Jun
17

New Zealand decides tomorrow whether to approve to mine the black sands off the oceanfloor in the southern Taranaki Bight, that would likely become the world’s first commercial metals mine at the bottom of the sea.

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Sand Mafia Behind Sudden Release Of Water?

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News, Sand Mining
Jun
11

Environmental activists believe that dam officials are bribed by a sand mafia to open the gates at one go instead of releasing the water slowly, as is being done in other dams. The fast discharge of a huge volume of water leads to large amount of sand getting settled on riverbeds, which dry up fast.

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Mining For Smartphones – “Coast, Coral and Community,” A Documentary Series

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A remote island of the Indonesian archipelago is being stripped off its forests and dug up for tin used in millions of mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Tin mining is taking its toll on the island’s coastline, damaging mangrove forests that help protect it from tropical storms and big waves.

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    Lower Fish Haul Due To Sand Mining, Malaysia

    malaysia-fishermen

    July 15th, 2014

    Hundreds of fishermen, in Selangor State, are facing huge financial losses after their monthly catch is slashed by half over the last three months allegedly because of sand mining near their fishing spot.

    Read More

    The Government Is Lying About Stradbroke Island Sand Mining

    north-stradbroke

    July 15th, 2014

    The Newman Government has misled the media and the public over its amendments to North Stradbroke Island sand mining legislation.

    Read More

    Lawlessness in UP: Sand Mafias Thrive Without Shroud Of Fear

    sand-mining-river-banks

    July 5th, 2014

    The practice of illegal mining is common in the entire state of Uttar Pradesh, India, along the riverbeds as there is constant demand for sand. The builders in the region are always on the lookout for cheap sand which comes from a mafia that illegally mines the riverbed.

    Read More

    Feds Decide Against Dredged Sand On NC island

    horse-dune-nc

    July 1st, 2014

    The National Park Service has backed off its proposal to use dredged sand to fight erosion on North Carolina’s Shackleford Banks, pleasing both environmentalists, who want to maintain the barrier island’s pristine condition, and local beach town officials, who want the sand for their shores.

    Read More

    Liberia’s Poor and the Rising Sea

    monrovia

    June 25th, 2014

    A report on the threat to the environment in Liberia released by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) states that erosion in this West African country is causing the shoreline to recede in some cities, including Buchanan, Greenville, Harper and Robertsport, and that beach sand mining is also said to be the main contributing factor.

    Read More

    Taranaki Seabed Mining Application Declined

    sand-hand-print

    June 18th, 2014

    An application to mine ironsands off the south Taranaki coast has been declined. In today’s decision, the New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency said the major reason for refusing consent was the uncertainty around the scope and significance of potential environmental effects.

    Read More

    New Zealand May Kick Start Race To Mine The Ocean Floor

    patea-new-zealand-sand-mining

    June 17th, 2014

    New Zealand decides tomorrow whether to approve to mine the black sands off the oceanfloor in the southern Taranaki Bight, that would likely become the world’s first commercial metals mine at the bottom of the sea.

    Read More

    Sand Mafia Behind Sudden Release Of Water?

    kulu-india

    June 11th, 2014

    Environmental activists believe that dam officials are bribed by a sand mafia to open the gates at one go instead of releasing the water slowly, as is being done in other dams. The fast discharge of a huge volume of water leads to large amount of sand getting settled on riverbeds, which dry up fast.

    Read More

    Mining For Smartphones – “Coast, Coral and Community,” A Documentary Series

    bangka-tin-mining

    May 29th, 2014

    A remote island of the Indonesian archipelago is being stripped off its forests and dug up for tin used in millions of mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Tin mining is taking its toll on the island’s coastline, damaging mangrove forests that help protect it from tropical storms and big waves.

    Read More

    A Tracking System To Check Illegal Mining, Maharashtra, India

    sand-miner

    May 22nd, 2014

    Even though stringent laws are in place to curb illegal sand mining, they are frequently violated. Pune division will soon emulate the Solapur model of barcoding system that aims to check illegal sand mining. The authorities will issue a barcoded slip to the driver ferrying sand and track the vehicle from the loading spot to the delivery point.

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