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  • It's a small world after all, say scientists warning of sand scarcity

    09/14/2017 2:53:17 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 61 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 14, 2017 | Eoin O'Carroll
    SURFACING MODELS OF THOUGHT Out of the complexity of the global sand trade has emerged something of a butterfly effect, in which an economic decision in one place can wreak social and environmental havoc on the other side of the world. If you’re looking for a way to express something that’s staggeringly hard to count, you won’t find a more reliable metaphor than grains of sand. There is indeed quite a bit of it – about 7.5 quintillion grains on Earth’s beaches and deserts, according to one estimate. But if you think that this would be sufficient to supply an...
  • The sand trap: Demand outpaces caution—and knowledge [We're running out of it]

    09/07/2017 11:18:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    phys.org ^ | 09-07-2017 | Provided by: Michigan State University
    Sand, spanning miles of beaches, carpeting vast oceans and deserts, is a visual metaphor for limitless resources. Yet researchers in this week's journal Science seize another metaphor - sand in an hourglass, marking time running out. Sand is the literal foundation of urban development across the globe, a key ingredient of concrete, asphalt, glass, and electronics. It is cheap and easily extracted. Scientists in the United States and Germany say that easy access has bred a careless understanding of the true global costs of sand mining and consumption. Sand mining across the world is being linked to coastal erosion, habitat...
  • Irish beach reappears 33 years after vanishing into Atlantic Ocean

    05/09/2017 8:51:09 AM PDT · by FatherofFive · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 9, 2017 | Padraic Halpin
    A beach that was swept away more than 30 years ago from a remote island off the west coast of Ireland has reappeared after thousands of tons of sand were deposited on top of the rocky coastline.
  • Sand dunes but no beach; a Martian breeze

    03/13/2017 9:28:11 PM PDT · by Rabin · 16 replies
    oilpro ^ | 22 hours ago | Brian Ricketts
    Despite the obvious similarities between Martian and Terrestrial dunes, one in-depth analysis has led a couple of researchers (Gary Kocurek and Ryan Ewing, see below) to suggest that there are also important differences.
  • IRS, FBI Agents Raid State Senator's Law Office

    02/16/2017 10:52:22 AM PST · by EQAndyBuzz · 18 replies
    WOAI - San Antonio ^ | 2/15/17 | Jim Forsyth
    FBI and IRS agents today conducted an operation at the law office of State Senator Carlos Uresti, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports. The operation took place at Uresti's private law office on Quincy Street, just off I-35 on the north end of downtown.An FBI agent confirmed only that agents are conducting 'lawful law enforcement activity' at the office. They are being assisted by San Antonio Police, officers are keeping bystanders at bay.It is not clear what the agents are looking for. The IRS has not returned a call seeking comment. Developing
  • Frack Sand: The Unsung Hero Of The OPEC Oil War

    09/20/2016 7:31:04 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 13 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 20-09-2016 | Jim
    “Right now, it’s all about the frack sand. The story of US shale resilience is now about huge quantities of high-quality frack sand. This is the backbone of the comeback.” Welcome to the Mega-Frack Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting highly pressurized water into a well and then pouring sand into it in order to keep the tiny fractures created by the water blast open, and then widening them so that more crude oozes from the shale rock. The US response to the oil price war has been the ‘mega frack’, which means that producers are creating more fractures in rock because...
  • Black Lives Matters’ Climate Change Agenda Reveals National Ambitions(?)

    12/14/2015 7:12:40 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/13/2015 | Lee Stranahan
    Don't take my word for it, though-here's how Black Lives Matter ties into what the left calls "environmental justice." Another activist on the Mall, Dominque Hazzard, a member of the Black Youth Project 100, said, "The Black Lives Matter and the Climate and Justice movements are totally connected because, around the world, climate change is disproportionately impacting people of color and the working class. "The movement is about ending state sanctioned violence against black people," Hazzard said.
  • The Demand for Sand is so High There are Illegal Sand Mining Operations

    06/23/2015 1:28:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Smithsonian's Smart News ^ | June 23, 2015 | Marissa Fessenden
    Sand isn't just for beaches. The tiny grains show up in many products of the industrialized world: in the glass and concrete that build cities, in detergents and cosmetics that people use daily, and in the silicon chips and solar panels of advanced technology. But sand comes from rocks that take thousands of years to erode into fine particles, and humans are using it faster than they should, reports Autumn Spanne for Mental Floss. The clamor for sand is so great in fact, that organized crime has sprung up around sand mining. On the fringes of Bannerghatta National Park in...
  • Have you ever seen kinetic sand? [video only]

    09/27/2013 6:32:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 9-26-2013 | Waba Fun
    A new type of play sand for inside.
  • And to think God thinks of us more than there are grains of sand - Great pics & Video at link

    03/27/2013 10:26:12 AM PDT · by illiac · 5 replies
    Inspiration green ^ | Unknown | Inspirationgreen
    At the Beach Sand grains magnified 110-250 times reveal each grain is unique. grains of sand The tip of a spiral shell has broken off and become a grain of sand. After being repeatedly tumbled by action of the surf this spiral sand grain has become opalescent in character. It is surrounded by bits of coral, a pink shell fragment, a foram (a type of protozoa) and volcanic material. Photo copyright Dr. Gary Greenberg.
  • Caption this picture

    09/03/2012 4:41:17 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 63 replies
    Just doing what cats do naturally!
  • Sand trains stir up dust in St. Paul neighborhood [Minnesotans afraid of sand]

    06/26/2012 10:24:27 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 29 replies
    Minneapolkis Star Tribune ^ | June 26, 2012 - 12:08 PM | CHAO XIONG
    Residents are uneasy over potential health risks posed by silica. Open train cars filled with sand have raised alarm in St. Paul's St. Anthony Park neighborhood, where some residents wonder if the silica that comprises 80 percent of the unprocessed sand is safe. The cars, which often are parked in a rail yard sandwiched between homes and an industrial zone, are appearing on a more regular basis since an oil boom has increased the demand for the sand for its hydrofracking operations. BNSF Railway Co., which transports the sand, and Minnesota Commercial Railway representatives said the trains are carrying wet...
  • Masters patron charged in sand trap theft

    04/09/2012 1:06:21 PM PDT · by rawhide · 34 replies
    Augusta Chronicle ^ | 4-9-12 | Bianca Cain Johnson
    A 40-year-old Masters patron was arrested Sunday after, police said, he attempted to steal sand from the sand trap. Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said Clayton Price Baker, of Ohio, slipped under the ropes following the tournament and attempted to put the sand in his cup. After a short foot chase by Augusta National security and sheriff’s deputies, Baker was apprehended and charged with disorderly conduct. Gay said Baker, who was drinking heavily at the time of the incident, was unsuccessful at getting any of the sand in his cup
  • Natural gas, oil boom spurs sand mining in Midwest

    01/05/2012 2:26:36 PM PST · by crusty old prospector · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | STEVE KARNOWSKI
    CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — The rolling hills and scenic bluffs of western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota hide a valuable resource that has sparked what's been called a modern-day gold rush. The object of desire is not gold but a soft sandstone needed by drilling companies to unlock underground natural gas and oil supplies in a controversial practice called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Largely overlooked in the national debate over fracking is the emerging fight in the U.S. heartland over mining "frac sand," which has grains of ideal size, shape, strength and purity. Mining companies say the work provides good...
  • Camp Lejeune Marines to Libya

    03/23/2011 6:32:13 AM PDT · by DesScorp · 26 replies
    ABC News 12, WCTI ^ | 3-20-2011 | Shumuriel Ratiff
    We've seen Camp Lejuene marines in Iraq and Afghanistan and now they are joining the fight against Libya. 2200 marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, or 26th MEU will take part. Their mission is to help end the violence directed at the Libyan people. "In Libya right now they are doing exactly what we need them to do. They are doing what they are told and right now that's protecting Libyan people against Qadhafi forces," said Captain Timothy Patrick, a marine with the 26th MEU. A press release from the 26th MEU reads, in part: "Protecting the innocent and...
  • Army Cuts the Velcro

    06/16/2010 8:31:42 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 26 replies · 550+ views
    Yahoo Buzz ^ | June 16, 2010 | Mike Krumboltz
    In a move that has the Web buzzing, the U.S. Army has decided to banish Velcro from uniform pants and bring back buttons. Replacing the fastener on uniforms isn't your traditional front-page news, but the shift has captured the attention of many. A buzzy article from USA Today explains that soldiers told their superiors that the Velcro's stickiness was being affected by the sand of the Afghanistan desert. Pockets weren't staying shut. The Army surved 2,700 soliders, and 60% of them said they would prefer buttons for their cargo pockets (only 11% wanted to "stick" with Velcro). Authorities listened, and...
  • Drunk Marathon Man Caught Swiping Sand: Cops

    04/19/2010 12:16:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies · 1,074+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | 4/19/10 | BRIAN HAMACHER
    Sand thief trapped when truck gets stuckLife's a beach for the South Florida man who police said tried to steal a truckload of sand at Coco Plum Beach in Marathon. Brian Splain, 46, was arrested around 9 p.m. Sunday after Monroe County Sheriff's deputies found his Ford F-150 truck stuck on the shore and loaded down with sand, according to a police report. Officers found a large hole nearby where the sand had evidently been dug out, the report said. Splain told the officers he needed the sand for some sort of job he was doing, and that he went...
  • Underwear, Mountain Of Sand Angers Neighbors

    03/05/2010 8:37:25 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 40 replies · 2,007+ views
    WFTV ^ | March 5, 2010 | WFTV
    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- A home in Volusia County is sparking outrage Friday. A homeowner has strung up women's underwear and built mountains of sand in the back and neighbors are desperate for help.
  • Mexico shuts Cancun beach, alleges sand was stolen

    07/31/2009 9:25:05 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies · 758+ views
    AP ^ | July 31, 2009 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY – Surprised tourists found their little piece of Cancun beach paradise ringed by crime-scene tape and gun-toting sailors on Thursday. Environmental enforcement officers backed by Mexican navy personnel closed off hundreds of feet (dozens of meters) of powder-white coastline in front of a hotel accused of illegally accumulating sand on its beach. Mexico spent $19 million to replace Cancun beaches washed away by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. But much of the sand pumped from the sea floor has since washed away, leading some property owners to build breakwaters in a bid to retain sand. The practice often merely...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, October 5-11, 2008: Namibia Sands

    10/09/2008 6:06:07 AM PDT · by cogitator · 16 replies · 696+ views
    Absolute Namibia ^ | Frantisek Staud
    One more week for the "art" theme, this time the desert and coastal landscape of Namibia, again from Frantisek Staud.