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.
About the Author
David Owen is a staff writer at The New Yorker.