GMS     The Georgia Mineral Society, Inc.
4138 Steve Reynolds Boulevard
Norcross, GA 30093-3059

Sand Section

A Special GMS Group
for People Interested in Sand

Sand Section Meets
First Wednesday 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!

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Sand Section Message

Sand drying after it was washed
Image Credit: Lori Carter

Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2024
Social Time: 7:00 PM
Meeting Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Virtually via Zoom Link on the GMS Calendar here
Topic: Cleaning Sand

In July, we marveled at sand-powered automata and had a look at some sand-powered toys. We also learned how we could make our own sand-powered toys!

Sand is not dirt. Dirt is made of organic material, rocks, silt, and it can have sand-sized particles too. It may sound weird, but sand can be dirty. It can contain the things that are in dirt as well as larger bits of rocks, shells, twigs, leaves, and it can even contain unfortunate critters. So, in August, we will discuss how to clean sand. We will start with a brief presentation followed by a group discussion so everyone can share their cleaning methods and techniques.

Special Sand Day!!!

Date: SANDday, August 10, 2024
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: GMS Building
Topic: Trading and Collection Re-org

Friday, Saturday, Sunday… every day is SANDday, but in August, GMS will have a special one on Saturday, August 10th! Stop by to nibble on pecan SANDies, share sand, add samples to the permanent collection, add excess to the study collection, and help re-org the study collection. Microscopes will be available for viewing sand. This is a perfect time for you to get samples from the study collection too. With hundreds of specimens to choose from, you can start a sand collection or add significantly to your current collection!

Lori Carter
Sand Section Chair

Click here for the GMS Sand Collection List

Click below for a map and directions


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