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
What kind of sand is this?
Tune into Sand Section in November to find out!
Image Credit: Leo Kenney
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Remotely via video conferencing (link will be here when available)
Topic: Urban Sand Version 2.0
At the October Sand Section meeting we saw how geology, biology, and even physics can help us learn about sand formation. As attendees learned, sand is not always tiny rocks, but even when it is tiny rocks, it can become tiny in some surprising ways. And we saw some stunning images of sand too!
In November, we will revisit “urban” sand, i.e. sand that was formed by human activity, either intentionally or unintentionally. Since we first explored this topic a few years ago, there are some additional sands and aspects of urban sand to examine. As always, the sand varies from the mundane to the amazing. Please join us on a virtual journey down an unconventional path to 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
2020 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
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