Unless you habitually daydream about tropical getaways, you might not think about sand all that much. But as a key ingredient in concrete, asphalt and even your cellphone screen, sand is one of the world’s most widely consumed natural resources. Given its importance, New Yorker staff writer David Owen explores why sand is becoming increasingly scarce. getAbstract recommends Owen’s eye-opening essay to construction industry professionals as well as the general-interest reader.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why sand is one of the world’s most heavily used natural resources,
- Why the desert kingdom of Dubai had to import sand from Australia and
- Why dredging sand from the seafloor has dire environmental consequences.
About the Author
David Owen is a staff writer at The New Yorker.