A sand shortage? The world is running out of a crucial — but under-appreciated — commodity


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Jul 31, 2004
Ben's Branch, Stephen Creek
Guess this means the sand companies aren't going away anytime soon.... :)

"The global rate of sand use — which has tripled over the last two decades partially as a result of surging urbanization — far exceeds the natural rate at which sand is being replenished by the weathering of rocks by wind and water. Sand can be found on almost every country on Earth, blanketing deserts and lining coastlines around the world. But that is not to say that all sand is useful. Desert sand grains, eroded by the wind rather than water, is too smooth and rounded to bind together for construction purposes."

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