Southern Perspective: The value of our beach sand

Pensacola Beach, Florida. Photo source: ©© Olin Gilbert


The sand on the Emerald Coast is known worldwide for being the kind of white which is reflective and blinding under the blazing summer sun. That’s because it’s not even one percent shy of being pure quartz, which is incredibly rare in the world of sand.

The way I see it is that our beaches are made of tiny jewels, each grain precious and rare, no matter how much they may look alike…

Read Full Article, Pensacola News Journal (07-31-2016)

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Sand Color Palette
Most beach sand color ranges from pale cream to golden to caramel, but in select places around the world, sand can be red, pink, orange, chocolate, gold, purple, green, or black…

The Colors Of Beach Sand; By Gary Griggs

24 Unusual Beaches You Might Never Have Heard Of Before; WhenOnEarth (09-10-2015)
A singing beach, a glowing beach, a beach with rainbow-colored sand — here are the most offbeat seaside destinations you’ll find on Earth…

Scientist Finds ‘Hawaiian Beach’ Sand On Mars, Phys Org (10-28-2013)

Star Sand Beach In Iriomote Island, Japan; WhenOnEarth (02-23-2015)

A Grain of Sand – Nature’s Secret Wonder, A Book By Dr. Gary Greenberg
Every grain of sand is a jewel waiting to be discovered. That’s what Dr. Gary Greenberg found when he first turned his microscope on beach sand. Author and photographer Dr. Gary Greenberg is a visual artist who creatively combines art with science. Since 2001, Dr. Greenberg focuses his microscopes on common objects, such as grains of sand, flowers, and food. These everyday objects take on a new reality when magnified hundreds of times, revealing hidden and unexpected aspects of nature. Dr. Greenberg’s images of sand make us realize that as we walk along a beach we are strolling upon thousands of years of biological and geological history…

Sandbank On The Coast Of Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia; By Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Photo of the Month, January 2012; Photograph courtesy of Yann Arthus-Bertrand for Coastal Care.

Beach Color, Coastal Care