The Secrets of Sand: A Journey into the Amazing Microscopic World of Sand

The Secrets of Sand: A Journey into the Amazing Microscopic World of Sand

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Overview

From the beach to the moon—explore the incredible hidden world of sand, seen through a microscope.

To the naked eye, the tiny particles that make up sand are less than inspiring. Under the microscope, however, it's a completely different story. Looking at sand under extreme magnification, we quickly find ourselves immersed in a new world of brilliant colors, organic shapes, and the stunning patterns of nature.

Every grain of sand is a snapshot in time: Each grain originated somewhere and is headed somewhere else. Biogenic sands often contain fragments of the hard tissues from marine organisms such as shells, corals, sponges, sea urchins, forams, and bryozoans. When these organisms die, the hard tissues that are left behind erode into some of the most spectacular grains of sand imaginable. In this book, deep-focus microscope photography, x-ray images, and high-resolution scanning electron microscopy reveal their secrets.

The Secrets of Sand is a virtual tour of sands from across North America. It shows their origins, the environmental forces that have acted upon them, and their journey from bedrock or invertebrate shell to the fine particles that, in countless billions, form our familiar beaches and dunes. It then moves on to an exploration of lunar sand, which has been formed under such alien conditions that it has no terrestrial counterpart. The Secrets of Sand is an amazing voyage of discovery in the ancient past—and the dynamic present—of the earth and our nearest neighbor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760349441
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 09/21/2015
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Gary Greenberg earned his doctorate in developmental biology from University College London and later joined the faculty at the University of Southern California. Co-founder of Edge Scientific Instrument Corporation, he developed high-definition 3D light microscopes, for which he has been issued nineteen US. patents. He is currently Research Affiliate at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy.

Carol Kiely is Adjunct Professor at Lehigh University and a lecturer in the Lehigh Microscopy School. Her latest work focuses on the study of lunar particles using a combination of light, scanning electron microscopy, and x-ray microscopy.

Kate Clover is Gallery Program Manager at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. She currently serves as education advisor for the International Sand Collectors Society.

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lcarter More than 1 year ago
A book about sand? It may seem odd at first, but once you start turning the pages you will be mesmerized. Start with the stunning close-up photographs of sand, then move on to the fascinating geological and biological descriptions of the bits in each photo, and finally you will see sand in a whole new way. I particularly enjoyed this book for the way it is arranged. First, the authors explain what sand is and how the sand in the book was photographed. Then, the rest of the book is about how and where sand is formed. Beautiful sand is examined and explained grain by grain. This is a wonderful book to skim through on a lazy afternoon, but it is equally enjoyable to read from cover to cover.