Category Archives: Sand Mining

Illegal Sand Miners Remain Unfazed, India

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Illegal beach sand mining. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Illegal mining of sand along Mumbai and Maharashtra’s picturesque Konkan coast is threatening to destroy the fragile western coastline. This activity is being done in gross violation of the new coastal regulation norm that has banned sand mining along beaches and creeks…

Read Full Article, The Times of India

Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered, Namibia

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Photograph SAF – Coastal Care

Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered

Excerpt from AllAfrica, Namibian Press, by Adam Hartman

While sand mining in the Swakop River is a crucial element of coastal development, sand mining companies do seem take advantage of the lack of official control over mining operations.

As reported in the Namibian, “Quarries are also becoming “extremely deep” some having vertical ‘walls’ of 10,5 metres. According to the guidelines, “excavation shall under no circumstances expose the ground water table and shall have slope banks not higher than 4 metros”…

Read Full Article, “Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered” All’Africa

Read Full Article, “Swakop Sand Miners ‘Doing Their Own Thing’,” November 2010

The Skeleton Coast, Wkipedia

NASA Image, Namibia South Western Coast

Sydney’s Beach protection attempt may carry price tag of $700m

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Bondi beach, Australia. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Preserving Sydney’s beaches against rising sea levels could cost more than $700 million over the next 50 years and would require the government to reverse its long-standing position regarding offshore sand mining, according to a study on climate change-induced beach erosion…

Read Full Article, The Sydney Morning Herald

Illegal Sea Sand Dredging Leaves Behind Environmental Mess, China

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Sand barge, Hong Kong. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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The city of Qingdao in Shandong Province is known for its sandy beaches, wild beer festival and its unique architecture. But recent visitors might have noticed something else: ugly dredging vessels pumping sea sand to be used for construction projects.

Boats deliver the sand to construction sites including airports, highways and homes…

Read Full Article, Global Times China

Sand Mafia Fill 600 Trucks a Day, Thane District India

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Sand miners, Mumbai.
“Sand is the second most consumed natural resource, after water. The construction-building industry is by far the largest consumer of this finite resource. The traditional building of one average-sized house requires 200 tons of sand; a hospital requires 3,000 tons of sand; each kilometer of highway built requires 30,000 tons of sand… A nuclear plant, a staggering 12 million tons of sand…” Captions and Photograph by © Denis Delestrac

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It’s business as usual for the sand dredging mafia in Thane district, in the absence of any auctioning of the 20-odd sand-rich spots here. Thane is located on Salsette Island, 30kms to the Northeast of Mumbai. According to a rough estimate by revenue officials, they have been plundering natural resources by extracting close to 600 trucks of sand a day…

Read Full Article, The Times of India

Bangladesh and Maldives: Sand Export Deal in Sight

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Rising sea, Maldives. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

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The government is seriously assessing the potentials of exporting sand to the Maldives as an inter-minister meeting yesterday decided to invite sand importers of Maldives to Bangladesh.

An inter-ministerial meeting held at the land ministry decided to send the invitation through the foreign ministry. The government will step further on this regard after getting specifications of sand quality from them…

Read Full Article, Dredging Today

New Beach Sand Mining Restriction in The Turks and Caicos

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Grace Bay beach, Turks and caicos. Photo courtesy of: © Aneta DVOŘÁKOVÁ

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Measures are being put in place to regulate sand mining in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

A new offshore sand mining policy will go into effect November 1st 2010, with the first likely target being the channel entrance between Sandy Point and Parrot Cay, the government has announced…

Read Full Article, Green Antilles