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!
Interesting Articles and LinksClick here for a list of zoom links from past Sand Section meetings.
Click here for a list of sand to glass video links.
Click here for a list of links to coloring pages about psammophiles (sand animals).
Our sand friends at WGCMC in New York have graciously shared their 4th quarter of 2021 sand newsletter: (Click here)
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.
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
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
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