May 222013
 

Did you know that every grain of sand is unique, and that it comes in a vast array of colors, shapes, textures and origins?

The elements found in sand contribute to its color.  White sand, like that found in the Maldives, is typically composed of limestone from crushed coral and shells.

White Sands of the Maldives

White Sands of the Maldives

Darker sands, like that found on many islands of volcanic origin, typically contain obsidian or basalt deposited by flowing lava.

Golden Sands of Horseshoe Bay, Matangi Island, Fiji

Golden Sands of Horseshoe Bay, Matangi Island, Fiji

Dark Volcanic Sand on the Island of Hawaii

Dark Volcanic Sand on the Island of Hawaii

Through his fascinating microscopic photography (110 – 250 times magnification), Dr. Gary Greenberg of Hawaii gives us a glimpse into the complex world of sand.

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  2 Responses to “Sand Like You’ve Never Seen it Before”

  1. very cool

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