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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 excitement is about – come join us!

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


Sand Section Message

Image credit: Jose Santamaria for ISCS SandFest 2013

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Remotely via video conferencing (link will be sent to members)
Topic: Sand Humor

The last few months have been quiet in the GMS sand box. It has given me some time to catalog and organize my own collection, but I miss our little sand get togethers, so let’s have our first virtual Sand Section meeting!

Can you believe we had originally planned to talk about sand humor on April Fool’s Day this year? How utterly awesome would that have been? Well, everyone sure can use a little humor these days, so even though it is not as perfect timing as it would have been, it is still a good time to visit this topic. We’ll take a look at how sand humor finds its way into various places – some not so unexpected, some surprising, and some just plain bizarre. Please keep an eye out for the video conferencing email invitation and come join us on your phone or computer. We can’t exchange sand this time, but in addition to my sand funnies, you are welcome to show us your funny sand things, tell us your funny sand stories, and we’ll all tickle our sandy bones together!

Lori Carter
Sand Section Chair

NOTE: Temporary procedures are in place for section meetings, including RSVP before attending. Please read those procedures and guidelines here.

Click here for the GMS Sand Collection List


2020 Sand Calendar

sand calendar

The 2020 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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