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
Ant sand from the Trinity Site in New Mexico
Image Credit: Leo Kenney
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Social Time: 7:00 PM
Meeting Time: 7:30 PM
Remotely: (Link will be here and via email when ready)
Guest Speaker: Robb Hermes
Topic: Atomic Ant Sand
In May, we learned about ant sand as well as giant, furry, gold-digging ants. This clever sand collecting technique has all of us inspired to practice it ourselves. Thanks to Jay Gorday, we also got a sneak preview of a topic that Bob Jarrett will present in the future – extraterrestrial sand.
In June, Robb Hermes, famous ant sand collector, will do a presentation about his research using ant sand from the site of the first atomic explosion. Robb has made a surprising connection between tektites and the humble cast-offs of some tiny insects. Please join us in June to welcome our special guest and hear the fascinating results of his study.
Sand Section Chair
Our sand friends at WGCMC in New York
have graciously shared their
2nd quarter of 2021 sand newsletter: (Click here)
Psammophile Coloring Page Links:http://www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/sand-goanna
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
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
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