A Special GMS Group
for People Interested in Sand
Sand Section Meets
Wednesday after the General Meeting
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
Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: GMS Building
Speaker: Thom Hopen
Topic: Writing Sand
Trading: Any Sand
At the May Sand Section, we looked at pencils and pens that had sand inside. Then, we made our own sand pens that are also physics toys, plus we learned a little about how the physics apply. With our sand pens in action and all of the activity of loading up for the show, it was a lively meeting!
In June, Thom Hopen will do a presentation about writing sand, a use of sand that lasted for a relatively short period of time. Thom will explain what writing sand is, including the science behind how it works, and we will get to see some real writing sand vessels. If you don’t know what writing sand is, you should come enjoy the presentation! Recently donated sands will be available for sampling, and you are encouraged to bring any sand you would like to share.
Sand Section Chair
Click here for the GMS Sand Collection List
ISCS SandFest 2018
September 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Mark your calendar for ISCS SandFest 2018! This conference is for anyone interested in sand including sand collectors, artists, biologists, and geologists. It will be held in conjunction wth the Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society's annual rock show in Jacksonville, FL.
There will be field trips, presentations, workshops, and of course, plenty of sand trading!
For more information click, here
2018 Sand Calendar
The 2018 sand calendar is here and, as always, the pictures are stunning and the write-ups are well-researched and educational! GMS members can purchase a calendar for $5.25. If you are not a member of GMS, you can purchase the calendar on ebay here
If you would like to purchase a calendar, please contact Lori Carter at
New 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
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: http://www.beckettmedia.com/special-issues/rock-n-gem-sip
Click below for a map and directions