A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder

A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder

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by Gary Greenberg
     
 

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Every grain of sand is a jewel waiting to be discovered. That’s what Dr. Gary Greenberg found when he first turned his specially designed 3-D microscope on beach sand. Gemlike mineral grains, colorful coral fragments, and delicate microscopic shells revealed that sand comprises much more than little brown rocks.

From the star-shaped sand of Japan to the

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Every grain of sand is a jewel waiting to be discovered. That’s what Dr. Gary Greenberg found when he first turned his specially designed 3-D microscope on beach sand. Gemlike mineral grains, colorful coral fragments, and delicate microscopic shells revealed that sand comprises much more than little brown rocks.

From the star-shaped sand of Japan to the volcanic green olivine of Hawaii to the marble grains of Greece, discover the diversity of sand on gorgeous, remote beaches around the globe. Learn about beach ecology and the fascinating origins of sand grains, including the singing sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. Marvel over Dr. Greenberg’s amazing microphotography that magnifies sand grains up to 300 times and showcases the spectacular colors, shapes, and patterns of these tiny natural wonders.

When we walk along a beach, we tread upon millions of years of biological and geological history. Join Dr. Greenberg as he explores the science and beauty of the sand grain. With this captivating volume, you will never look at a beach the same way again.

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Shutterbug, October 2008

Sand, it’s everywhere and may seem ordinary but Dr. Gary Greenberg expertly combined art and science to reveal the true beauty of each microscopic grain.

Sand consists of a vast collection of bits of crystals, coral, shells, sea urchin spines, silica, and calcium carbonate each with a unique shape and color.

Dr. Greenberg provided 235 vividly colored images and in depth information to provide a fascinating look at how nature is constantly reshaping the earth and

hiding tiny treasures at our feet.

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Sand, it's everywhere and may seem ordinary but Dr. Gary Greenberg expertly combined art and science to reveal the true beauty of each microscopic grain. Sand consists of a vast collection of bits of crystals, coral, shells, sea urchin spines, silica, and calcium carbonate each with a unique shape and color. Dr. Greenberg provided 235 vividly colored images and in depth information to provide a fascinating look at how nature is constantly reshaping the earth and hiding tiny treasures at our feet.

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ISBN-13:
9780760331989
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Edition description:
First
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
357,784
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.62(d)

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Shutterbug, October 2008

Sand, it’s everywhere and may seem ordinary but Dr. Gary Greenberg expertly combined art and science to reveal the true beauty of each microscopic grain. 

Sand consists of a vast collection of bits of crystals, coral, shells, sea urchin spines, silica, and calcium carbonate each with a unique shape and color. 

Dr. Greenberg provided 235 vividly colored images and in depth information to provide a fascinating look at how nature is constantly reshaping the earth and

hiding tiny treasures at our feet.

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