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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

Rainbow of sandpaper colors

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: GMS Building
Topic: Sandpaper Art
Trading: Any Sand

In March, we had a lot of fun learning about photographing sand (and minerals and fossils). Thom Hopen explained some basics of photography, then described various photomicrography techniques. Olga Jarrett demonstrated the versatility of a hand-held microscope with a computer interface. I brought a couple of digital microscopes and a new camera that makes every day photomicrography simple and easy. Charles Carter rounded out the evening by explaining some of the technical aspects of digital transmission as well as effective lighting.

In April, we will be making shadow boxes with different colors of sandpaper. We will use a multi-dimensional layering technique that we learned about when Olga showed us spectacular examples of the art at the January Sand Section meeting. All materials and tools will be provided, so just come and enjoy an evening of sand art! And, as always, please bring any sand you would like to share.

Lori Carter
Sand Section Chair

Click here for the GMS Sand Collection List


Special Event


ISCS SandFest 2018
Jacksonville, FL
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

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

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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