The World in a Grain
The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization
The sand that slips so easily through your fingers is the substrate of just about everything in modern life.
Sand is the groundwork for virtually everything in modern life. The buildings you live and work in and the roads you drive on are made of sand. Sand enables modern life, but it’s starting to run out, and its mining and use destroy the environment. Award-winning journalist Vince Beiser illuminates what sand makes possible, why sand grips the human imagination, and offers insights into the political and environmental issues surrounding sand.
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Vince Beiser is an award-winning journalist.
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