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"I have learned more about, and become more fascinated with sand from reading this book than I have from studying beaches for thirty-five years! An amazing story."--Reinhard E. Flick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego "A masterful, entertaining and accessible treatise on the complex world of common sand."--Bruce M. Pavlik, author of "The California Deserts"
"Welland's eye-opening, even poetic story of sand, science writing as entertaining as it is profound, reveals the interconnectivity of life on Earth and beyond..."
From the Publisher
Just like snowflakes, every bit of sand is unique, and every grain has an amazing story to tell--just ask Michael Welland. While one might expect a biography of sand to be rather dry, Welland's fascinating history shows that the significance of this substance is oceanic. For instance, without sand, there would be no glass, no computers, no sidewalks, and (possibly) no toothpaste! Along with charting its many uses, Welland poetically documents the science behind sweeping sand dunes, the delicate relationship between water and sand, and some remarkable historical interactions between humans and sand.