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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

Cross Bedding
Source: E-PG Pathshala in Earth Science, by Dr.K.Sivaraj
(edited for readability)

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Social Time: 7:00 PM
Meeting Time: 7:30 PM
Remotely: Link will be here when available
Speaker: Tom Faller
Topic: "Sedimentary Patterns and Structures"

In September, Bob Jarrett gave a fascinating presentation about extraterrestrial sand with a focus on dunes. We learned the basics of sand dunes, then learned about dunes on other planets. Bob included spectacular NASA images and challenged everyone to contemplate these formations. Many thanks to Bob for a wonderfully well-researched and presented subject!

In October, another learned GMS member, Tom Faller, will present a discussion of sedimentary patterns and structures. From Tom: “Sedimentary structures are large scale patterns that result from the energy of the depositional environment acting on particles with different sizes and shapes. Familiar patterns are cross-bedding, ripples and truncations of beds. They can be used to determine wind or water direction and strength, for determining the direction up, in complex folding, and deducing paleogeography.”

As Tom notes, “…Bob did the top-down view of patterns and I am doing the cross-section.” Please tune in to the October meeting for another way to learn about geology from sand!

Lori Carter
Sand Section Chair

Our sand friends at WGCMC in New York
have graciously shared their
3rd quarter of 2021 sand newsletter: (Click here)

Psammophile Coloring Page Links:

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

Click here for the GMS Sand Collection List


2021 Sand Calendar

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

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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