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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!

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


Sand Section Message

Concretion Cove sand and a tiny fellow psammophile
Image Credit: Lori Carter

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Social Time: 7:00 PM
Meeting Time: 7:30 PM
Virtual Only: Click here or the GMS calendar here for the link
Topic: SandFest 2022 Memories: Through Julian’s Eyes

In January, I shared my memories of SandFest 2022 through pictures and with the help of other people who attended. The conference encompassed so many activities that I barely sandpapered the surface. Fortunately, Julian Gray graciously offered to share his memories including photomicrographs of sand.

So, in April, join us for part 2 of SandFest 2022 memories; this time through Julian’s eyes. And maybe you have some memories of the conference that, of course, you are welcome to share too.

Lori Carter
Sand Section Chair

P.S. Please see below about ordering the 2023 Sand Calendar!

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


2023 Sand Calendar

sand calendar

The 2023 sand calendar is here! As always, the pictures are stunning and the write-ups are well-researched and educational! 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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