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Sand The Never-Ending Story (Hardcover)

Author:  Michael Welland
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0520254376
ISBN-13: 9780520254374
Sku: 208085837
Publish Date: 1/1/2009
Pages:  343
Age Range:  NA
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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"
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From individual grains to desert dunes, from the bottom of the sea to the landscapes of Mars, and from billions of years in the past to the future, this is the extraordinary story of one of nature's humblest, most powerful, and most ubiquitous materials. Told by a geologist with a novelist's sense of language and narrative, Sand examines the science--sand forensics, the physics of granular materials, sedimentology, paleontology and archaeology, planetary exploration--and at the same time explores the rich human context of sand. Interwoven with tales of artists, mathematicians, explorers, and even a vampire, the story of sand is an epic of environmental construction and destruction, an adventure in staggering scales of time and distance, yet a tale that encompasses the ordinary and everyday. Sand, in fact, is all around us--it has made possible our computers, buildings and windows, toothpaste, cosmetics, and paper, and it has played dramatic roles in human history, commerce, and imagination. In this luminous, kinetic, revelatory account, we do indeed find the world in a grain of sand.
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.


"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..." - Donna Seaman 12/01/2008
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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0343
Product attributePublisher:   University of California Press
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