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, April 5, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: GMS Building
Topic: Microscopes and other Magnifiers
Trading: Recently donated sands
For the March Sand Section, members visited the Georgia Microscopical Society at MVA Scientific Associates. We learned about their organization as well as the Young Peoples Course they provide every year (it made all of us wish we were young peoples!) They also showed us around the MVA facilities where we got to see a myriad of microscopes. We learned about various microscopes and how they are used. Stories of the cases they have solved were fascinating, especially the case of the mysterious stain named Ralph (http://mvascientificconsultants.com/a-stain-called-ralph). Many thanks to the "other GMS" for inviting our GMS to their meeting and many thanks to MVA Scientific Associates for the tour of their facilities.
Continuing with the subject of microscopy, in the April Sand Section we will discuss the various ways members magnify sand. Members are encouraged to bring their microscopes, loupes, and other magnifiers. We will have plenty of opportunity to see everyone's magnifiers in action as we trade samples of recently donated sands.
Sand Section Chair
Click here for the GMS Sand Collection List
2017 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
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 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
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