The Fickleness of Sand

Sand sculpture, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac


Beach sand is a fickle thing. It gets pushed around by winds and waves, and you can never tell with any certainty where it will end up, despite the best engineering and intentions.

Take Nags Head, for instance. Too much sand there is burying walkways, swimming pools and septic fields under drifting dunes, while down on Hatteras Island an abundance of sand is clogging a ferry channel and a scarcity of it could once again threaten a roadway…

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