Coastal Care

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Category: Sand Mining

Bottles Become Sand at Globally Recognized Ranch at Laguna Beach

Bottles Become Sand at Globally Recognized Ranch at Laguna Beach

According to General Manager Kurt Bjorkman, the resort is the first property in the continental United States to use a GL Sand Machine that turns beer and wine bottles into sand that can be used to replenish the sand in bunkers on the resort’s golf course or the sand at the nearby beach.

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Could we run out of sand? Because we are going through it fast

Could we run out of sand? Because we are going through it fast

On parts of the shoreline in the Moroccan beach town of Tangier, something is amiss. Though the ocean is there — its waves lapping, crashing and roaring as they have since time immemorial — it is not a place for long days of lazing on soft sand. Because there isn’t any.

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Sand miners are stripping bare Moroccan beaches; By Ghalia Kadiri / Le Monde

Sand miners are stripping bare Moroccan beaches; By Ghalia Kadiri / Le Monde

Legal and illegal sand miners are competing in the race to provide sand for use in the construction industry. The traffic is such that entire beaches are disappearing.

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The global resource shortage you have never heard about

The global resource shortage you have never heard about

If someone were to ask you to name the most-extracted materials on Earth, you might answer with fossil fuels or biomass. However, by weight, the answer is actually sand and gravel.

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More exploration approved at Icy Cape, Alaska

More exploration approved at Icy Cape, Alaska

A long stretch of beach at Icy Cape near Yakutat holds the possibility of massive mineral deposit that could produce millions in mining revenue for the Alaska Mental Health Land Trust.

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Hong Kong’s Government Is Spending Billions Taking Land from the Sea

Hong Kong’s Government Is Spending Billions Taking Land from the Sea

Through expensive, time intensive, and complicated land reclamation projects, Hong Kong is continually extending out and into the water, where there wasn’t land before.

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Line drawn on sand sales: EBay removes listings for sand purportedly from Hawaii beaches

Line drawn on sand sales: EBay removes listings for sand purportedly from Hawaii beaches

EBay has removed numerous listings advertising the sale of sand purported to be from Hawaii beaches, including iconic Papakolea Beach — also known as Green Sands Beach — after the Tribune-Herald inquired about the sand sales.

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The world is running out of sand

The world is running out of sand

After a trip to the beach, you’re likely to return with sand in your hair, between your toes, underneath your fingernails. It might be difficult to believe that the world is running out of the stuff, but it is.

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South Florida, Out of Beach, Wants to Buy Sand from the Bahamas

South Florida, Out of Beach, Wants to Buy Sand from the Bahamas

Miami-Dade County lost 170,000 cubic yards of sand during Hurricane Irma. It’s the latest blow to South Florida beaches in perennial decline. Nearly half the state’s coast—411 miles’ worth of beach—is considered “critically eroded.”

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