The world uses 50 billion metric tons of sand annually.
Sand is a key ingredient in all concrete and glass production.
There are already ongoing reports of a mafia-style black market for sand.
The world is in crisis yet again. This time around, it’s a sand shortage…
Sediment constantly and naturally replenishes deltas, keeping them — and all the people, fields, industries, cities and wildlife that rely on them — above the water. While scientifically proven, this surprising fact has struggled to gain much traction outside the small world of geomorphologists
While many beach goers are aware of the dangers of the water, sand can be just as dangerous.
When oceanographer Serge Andréfouet first saw a satellite image of the Great Bahama Bank, he knew the colors and contours were special. There are many nice seagrass and sand patterns worldwide, but none like this anywhere on Earth,
Even though they are inanimate objects, sand dunes can ‘communicate’ with each other. A team from the University of Cambridge has found that as they move, sand dunes interact with and repel their downstream neighbors.
Sand, it turns out, has a signature sound of its own, and now scientists have found a way to tune in. In this study, scientists examine sand from the Dutch shores to link its unique acoustic traits to the source of the sand.
From the Maldives to Panama City Beach, there’s something for everyone.
The eight-mile-long river of lava that poured down the slopes of Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawaii last spring destroyed nearly everything in its path. But part of what it left behind offers a glimmer of hope for the battered land and economy: a new black sand beach.
Stretching a remarkable 75 miles in length, Cox’s Bazar Beach is the longest uninterrupted natural sand beach in the world. To be precise, there are some beaches—like Praia do Cassino Beach in Brazil and Ninety Mile Beach in Australia—that are longer than Cox’s Bazar, but they are not natural sand.