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The push to build bigger, better cities around the world has created a global black market for a surprising construction component: sand. Award-winning freelance journalist Vince Beiser takes readers inside the world of illegal sand mining and explores how sand mining has negatively affected people and environments in many countries, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. He explains why it’s so difficult to put a stop to unlawful practices. getAbstract recommends this article to political leaders, environmentalists and all those involved in the construction industry.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why sand mining is increasing,
  • How illegal sand mining affects people and ecosystems, and
  • Why stopping illegal sand mining is so difficult.

About the Author

Vince Beiser is an award-winning freelance journalist who has written for Wired, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Harper’s and The Atlantic. He has also been a senior editor for Mother Jones.



On July 31, 2013, in a small Indian village, a gang of men shot and killed 52-year-old farmer Paleram Chauhan inside his own home. As a local activist, he had been fighting against the local “sand mafia” – a collection of criminals who, a decade earlier, took control of a large parcel of community ...

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