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 excitement is about – come join us!
If you have any questions about Sand Section, please send email to
Sand Section Message
Glauconite nodules from sand collected on a GMS field trip
Image Credit: Leo Kenney
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Remotely via video conferencing (Click here for the link)
Topic: Holiday Red and Green Sand
At the November Sand Section meeting we examined some “urban” sand found in some familiar places. Their compositions varied and we had fun learning about what they are and how they came to be where they are. Many thanks to Leo Kenney for his stunning photomicrographs and for his ideas and suggestions.
Our December sands will have a holiday theme – red and green. What are they? And why are they those colors? Not only are they beautiful, but they also have some fascinating science behind them. Please join us for another fun and educational look at sand.
Sand Section Chair
Our sand friends at WGCMC in New York
have graciously shared their sand newsletter: (Click here)
Psammophile Coloring Page Links:http://www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/sand-goanna
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
2021 Sand Calendar
The 2021 sand calendar is here! As always, the pictures are stunning and the write-ups are well-researched and educational! New this year are additional images of individual grains each month. You can purchase the calendar on ebay here
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