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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

German sand yacht depicted on a trade card from the 1930’s

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Remotely via video conferencing (Link will be here and via email when ready)
Speaker: Jim Urbaniak
Topic: Sand in Sports

Sand Section for 2021 started with a bang! Many thanks to Jim Urbaniak for his presentation about Krakatoa, a volcano in Indonesia that affected the entire world in many ways. Jim explained the science of the massive eruption in 1883, then made some surprising connections between that eruption to other events and even famous artworks. Many thanks to Leo Kenney for sharing his fabulous photo of Krakatoa sand too.

After some great questions and answers about pumice, Krakatoa, and volcanoes in general, we wandered to a discussion about sand in sports. We decided that in February, we will get together to talk about the obvious and not so obvious ways sand is involved in various sports. Several people have already offered to contribute bits and pieces from their own knowledge, background, and experience. Mark your calendar and tune in for a lively evening as we learn just how sporty sand can be!

Lori Carter
Sand Section Chair

Our sand friends at WGCMC in New York
have graciously shared their
1st 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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