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 sciencesand forensics, the physics of granular materials, sedimentology, paleontology and archaeology, planetary explorationand 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 usit 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.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Michael Welland is a geologist who has worked around the world in the energy industry. He is a fellow of the Geological Societies of America and London and the Royal Society for the Arts and Commerce.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After finishing my morning walk around the park I sat and dumped the sand out of my shoe. It made me smile since I've recently finished reading SAND by Michael Welland. He has done an excellent job of blending the science of sand with literature. It is amazing how often these tiny grains impact our lives. I'd like to try some of the experiments he discusses. This book goes beyond just being for geologists and soil scientists. It will be enjoyed by anyone. Thank you!