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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

Hornblende Sand
Photo credit: Leo Kenney

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Special Field Trip

In July, we discussed manufactured “sand”. With the help of Terry Vines, who has worked with manufactured sand for many years, we looked at various examples and discussed how they are made and how they are used. There was a lot to learn about each type of manufactured sand and it was an incredibly enjoyable topic. Plus, everyone went home with several samples!

In August, we are taking Sand Section on the road! We will visit multiple locations to discuss local geology, geology related history, and possibly collect some sand. There are some curious deposits, so the geology and composition of the sands will be interesting to contemplate. Please see the field trip notice in the August Tips and Trips newsletter for more details. Note: This trip will be fun even if you are not a sand collector!

Lori Carter
Sand Section Chair

Click here for the GMS Sand Collection List


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 Fall 2015 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:

Click below for a map and directions


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