The Secrets Of Sand: A Journey Into The Amazing Microscopic World Of Sand

byGary Greenberg, Carol Kiely, Kate Clover

Hardcover | September 21, 2015

The Secrets Of Sand: A Journey Into The Amazing Microscopic World Of Sand by Gary Greenberg
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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 Sandis 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 Sandis an amazing voyage of discovery in the ancient past--and the dynamic present--of the earth and our nearest neighbor.

Title:The Secrets Of Sand: A Journey Into The Amazing Microscopic World Of SandFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:128 pages, 10.5 X 8.5 X 0.75 inShipping dimensions:128 pages, 10.5 X 8.5 X 0.75 inPublished:September 21, 2015Publisher:Voyageur PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0760349444

ISBN - 13:9780760349441

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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