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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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Money and sand: will there be enough for New Jersey’s beaches?

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Beach replenishment is costly and exacts a heavy toll on the environment, depleting underwater ridges that are home to a broad variety of sea life. Skeptics questioned how the state and Army Corps of Engineers can commit to spending nearly $2 billion in beach replenishment through the mid 21st century.

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Why Paris beach festival could be sand-free in future

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News, Sand Mining
Sep
30

The man-made, hugely popular summer Paris-Plages beaches along the Seine River, could be without sand next year, after complaints about the project’s disastrous ecological footprint and allegations that the company delivering the sand had “paid taxes” to Isis.

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Coastal Sand is Being Depleted, and It’s Taking Our Beaches With It

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News, Sand Mining
Sep
24

While conservationists champion the reduction of the world’s resources, one important material right at our toes has gone largely unnoticed. Coastal sands are being heavily mined, diminishing the world’s beaches.

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The Conservation Crisis No One Is Talking About

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Beaches around the world are disappearing. No, the cause isn’t sea-level rise, at least not this time. It’s a little-known but enormous industry called sand mining, which every year sucks up billions of tons of sand from beaches, ocean floors, and rivers to make everything from concrete to microchips to toothpaste.

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Land reclamation project starts in Monaco

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Work has begun on the maritime infrastructure that will constitute the first phase of the six-hectare land reclamation project. The total value of the maritime infrastructure works is approximately €1 billion.

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Sand War in Bay of Lannion, Brittany, France

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News, Sand Mining
Sep
12

Following yesterday’s rally against Lannion’s Bay ongoing shell sand extraction, activists from the environmental group “Peuple Des Dunes” and local officials, are to meet with the french Environment Minister Segolene Royal, to request the suspension of the controversial dredging concession granted to CAN Industry, whose current practices have been deemed questionable.

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Namibia: Environment Ministry to Punish Illegal Sand Miners

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News, Sand Mining
Sep
10

The environment ministry says it will have no mercy with people who are caught mining sand, and those who are found guilty of the offence face 25 years imprisonment or a fine of N$500,000, or both.

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Looking to Holland to find more sand for Galveston Island, Texas

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For years, sand has been returned to eroded beaches and dunes on Galveston Island by bulldozers and backhoes at a cost of millions of dollars. Now, a new idea: let Mother Nature do the work.

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Company makes new iron sand mining attempt

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A plan to mine iron sands off the South Taranaki coast is back on the table.

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    Coastal Sand is Being Depleted, and It’s Taking Our Beaches With It

    beach-sand-mining

    September 24th, 2016

    While conservationists champion the reduction of the world’s resources, one important material right at our toes has gone largely unnoticed. Coastal sands are being heavily mined, diminishing the world’s beaches.

    Read More

    The Conservation Crisis No One Is Talking About

    illegal-sand-mining-coastal-care

    September 21st, 2016

    Beaches around the world are disappearing. No, the cause isn’t sea-level rise, at least not this time. It’s a little-known but enormous industry called sand mining, which every year sucks up billions of tons of sand from beaches, ocean floors, and rivers to make everything from concrete to microchips to toothpaste.

    Read More

    Land reclamation project starts in Monaco

    land-reclamation-hong-kong

    September 15th, 2016

    Work has begun on the maritime infrastructure that will constitute the first phase of the six-hectare land reclamation project. The total value of the maritime infrastructure works is approximately €1 billion.

    Read More

    Sand War in Bay of Lannion, Brittany, France

    dredger

    September 12th, 2016

    Following yesterday’s rally against Lannion’s Bay ongoing shell sand extraction, activists from the environmental group “Peuple Des Dunes” and local officials, are to meet with the french Environment Minister Segolene Royal, to request the suspension of the controversial dredging concession granted to CAN Industry, whose current practices have been deemed questionable.

    Read More

    Namibia: Environment Ministry to Punish Illegal Sand Miners

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    September 10th, 2016

    The environment ministry says it will have no mercy with people who are caught mining sand, and those who are found guilty of the offence face 25 years imprisonment or a fine of N$500,000, or both.

    Read More

    Looking to Holland to find more sand for Galveston Island, Texas

    zandmotor-2016

    August 30th, 2016

    For years, sand has been returned to eroded beaches and dunes on Galveston Island by bulldozers and backhoes at a cost of millions of dollars. Now, a new idea: let Mother Nature do the work.

    Read More

    Company makes new iron sand mining attempt

    patea-new-zealand-sand-mining

    August 24th, 2016

    A plan to mine iron sands off the South Taranaki coast is back on the table.

    Read More

    Sand scarcity hits Mumbai’s first artificial beach project

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    August 22nd, 2016

    The plan for Mumbai’s first artificial beach off Marine Drive faces a challenge due to huge shortage of sand.

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    Cemex sand mine decision anticipated before years’ end; California

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    August 19th, 2016

    For the Cemex sand mine in Marina, and for those calling for it to be shut down, the hourglass may almost be out of sand.

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    Why are beaches disappearing in Morocco?

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    August 5th, 2016

    Desirable coastal areas are being stripped of their beachfronts by the construction need for sand…

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