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The Deadly Global War for Sand | WIRED

26 Mar 2015 ... As land quarries and riverbeds become tapped out, sand miners are turning to the seas, where thousands of ships now vacuum up huge amounts of the stuff from the ocean floor. As you might expect, all this often wreaks havoc on rivers, deltas, and marine ecosystems. Sand mines in the US are blamed for...


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The World Is Running Out of Sand | The New Yorker

29 May 2017 ... There's a broad public beach nearby, but few actual beaches meet the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball's strict standards for sand, so the tournament's sponsor had erected a temporary stadium and imported thirteen hundred and sixty tons from a quarry two and a half hours to the north. The shipment...


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Sand: most widely consumed natural resource after fresh…

5 Aug 2014 ... Sand extraction-most widely consumed natural resource after fresh water-has been shifted from in land to marine & coastal aggregates mining. ... Until recently sand was extracted in land quarries and riverbeds; however, these inland resources have nearly been depleted so that extraction has shifted to...


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Sand Thieves Are Eroding World's Beaches For Castles…

3 Sep 2013 ... Martine Valo. Because of the construction boom, sand quarries are no longer sufficient. Already over-exploited, or subject to stringent ... Another example: the artificial islands of Dubai, which required a massive quantity of sand, favored by the low cost of shipping. Desert sand, too thin and too round was not...


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BBC - Capital - Even desert city Dubai imports its…

5 May 2016 ... As a building material, sand has withstood the test of time. In 3500BC, ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians were using sand, mostly formed when wind and water grind rocks into silica-rich grains, to make glass. Today, builders the world over use the natural resource, found in quarries, rivers, lakes and...


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