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Norcross, GA 30093-3059

Sand Section

A Special GMS Group
for People Interested in Sand

Sand Section Meets
Wednesday after the General Meeting
Every Month

If you think sand is just tiny rocks, the insignificant stuff of beaches and dunes, or simply a substance with the ability to invite itself into regions of your clothing where it is most unwelcome, then you need to take a closer look. Consider a sample of green sand. Some grains have bubbles or inclusions. Some are angular and some are rounded. What is it? How did it form? Or how about another sample that looks like tiny stars? What are those little things? How did they end up in some sand? Well, now you know why we have a section for people interested in sand!

So, those of you who thought you were the only person weird enough to think it was a good idea to keep baggies and jars full of sand -- come join us! Even if you still think sand is just tiny rocks, even if you think you already have enough hobbies, or even if you just want to see what all the craziness is about – come join us!

If you have any questions about Sand Section, please send email to


Sand Section Message

Image copyright Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lucasfilms, Ltd.

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: GMS Building
Topic: Study Sand Reorganization
Trading: Study Sand

At the July Sand Section, we learned about sand timers, aka hourglasses. From their early history to maritime use to modern and conceptual timers. We watched videos of how they are made and we also saw some bizarre versions including a zen sand clock and a timer so large it has a BMW car in it! (Links are available to anyone who is interested.) The GMS collection grew overnight thanks to specimens donated by Leo Kenney, Terrilyn Price, David Bruce, Mary Rauzi, Tom Tumbri, Jay & Sue Gorday, Lisa Roberts, Bill Montante, and Paula Pierce! Also, thank you to Jane for translating the instructions for a mesmerizing sand timer night light and for donating a cool sand art piece from Tunisia, and to Olga for bringing examples of sand timers.

In August, we will be reorganizing the study collection to make room on the shelves for more sand! Please come help, grab some samples of study sand while we work, and bring in any sand you would like to share.

Lori Carter,
Sand Section Chair


Click here for the GMS Sand Collection List


2017 Sand Calendar

sand calendar

The 2017 sand calendar is here and as always it is spectacular! GMS members can purchase a calendar for $5.25.

If you would like to purchase a calendar, please contact Lori Carter at

New Sand Book

sand book

ISCS member and Sand Section supporter Kate Clover recently released a new sand book with co-authors Dr. Gary Greenberg and Dr. Carol Kiely.

"The Secrets of Sand" explores the various places and ways sand is formed. Beautiful images of sand as well as thorough and engaging text make this a must have book for your sand library.

Now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other bookstores

Heavy Sand Article

sand article

The Rock & Gem special gold issue is now available and this time it contains an article about heavy sand processing written by sand Section chair Lori Carter!

To purchase a copy of the magazine, please see the special issue website at:

Special Event

ISCS SandFest 2013
Tellus Science Museum
November 21, 22, 23, 24


SandFest was an incredible opportunity to meet sand collectors and share not only sand but our love of sand with others.

We had a lot of field trips, presentations, workshops, discussion forums, we helped with Tellus Family Science Night, ate BBQ, had a silent auction and a live auction, and of course we traded many baggies of sand!

To purchase a copy of the SandFest book, please click here

Click below for a map and directions


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