Sand Mining

Beach Sand mining on the beach in Morocco View Sand Mining Gallery

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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Cops Believe Illegal Sand-Mining Operation Had Huge Reach

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News, Sand Mining
Nov
11

A police operation recently uncovered a multimillion-dollar illegal sand mining site in St Catherine, Jamaica.

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Sand Mining Causes Erosion In Indias Beaches

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Sand mining in Kerala has become a lucrative industry these recent years, using 18 millions of sand today and expected to increase four times by 2020. A news video.

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Sand Wars: Facing a World Without Sand

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An interview with Denis Delestrac, writer and award-winning director.

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Ban Fails To Prevent Illegal Sand Mining, Kerala State, India

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News, Sand Mining
Oct
19

Despite the police ban on the sand mining at Andhakaranazhi beach, local people are still illegally collecting sand from the beach, which is a famed tourist destination of Alappuzha.

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UN To Study Ramifications Of Sand Mining

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News, Sand Mining
Oct
10

Sand mining, a major environmental concern, will soon get international attention after it was included in the list of the new and emerging issues by the United Nations.

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Sand Wars: U.S. Coastal Towns In The Market For Sand

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Sand wars: U.S. coastal towns in the market for sand, a CBS video.

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The End of the Sand Era

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I’ve heard that man’s best friend in not the dog, but reinforced concrete…

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Sand Scam

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News, Sand Mining
Sep
10

Allegations of illegal beach sand mining in southern Tamil Nadu gain considerable strength.

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Sand Thieves Are Eroding World’s Beaches For Castles Of Cash

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The pillaging of sand is a growing practice in the world. Taken by hand, three or four meters deep in the Maldives archipelago, or transported on a donkey, or sucked up by huge sand boats in Asia, coastal sand mining, authorized or unlawful, is exploding.

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    Sand Wars: Facing a World Without Sand

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    October 27th, 2013

    An interview with Denis Delestrac, writer and award-winning director.

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    Ban Fails To Prevent Illegal Sand Mining, Kerala State, India

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    October 19th, 2013

    Despite the police ban on the sand mining at Andhakaranazhi beach, local people are still illegally collecting sand from the beach, which is a famed tourist destination of Alappuzha.

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    UN To Study Ramifications Of Sand Mining

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    October 10th, 2013

    Sand mining, a major environmental concern, will soon get international attention after it was included in the list of the new and emerging issues by the United Nations.

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    Sand Wars: U.S. Coastal Towns In The Market For Sand

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    October 9th, 2013

    Sand wars: U.S. coastal towns in the market for sand, a CBS video.

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    The End of the Sand Era

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    September 12th, 2013

    I’ve heard that man’s best friend in not the dog, but reinforced concrete…

    Read More

    Sand Scam

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    September 10th, 2013

    Allegations of illegal beach sand mining in southern Tamil Nadu gain considerable strength.

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    Sand Thieves Are Eroding World’s Beaches For Castles Of Cash

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    September 3rd, 2013

    The pillaging of sand is a growing practice in the world. Taken by hand, three or four meters deep in the Maldives archipelago, or transported on a donkey, or sucked up by huge sand boats in Asia, coastal sand mining, authorized or unlawful, is exploding.

    Read More

    Where Sand Is Gold, the Reserves Are Running Dry

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    August 26th, 2013

    With inviting beaches that run for miles along South Florida’s shores, it is easy to put sand into the same category as turbo air-conditioning and a decent mojito…something ever present and easily taken for granted.

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    People on Coastline Suffering Due to Sand Mining, India

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    August 19th, 2013

    Beach Sand Mining activities in Tamil Nadu, are not only destroying the environment but also creating health issues for the people living on the coast line.

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    Sand Shortage Leaves South Florida Beaches Vulnerable to Erosion

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    August 19th, 2013

    Some of South Florida’s most popular beaches will be particularly vulnerable to erosion and major damage if the state experiences a series of hurricanes, as it did in 2004 and 2005, because officials have run out of an important material: sand.

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