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Ocean Beach Sand, Kwajalein Island

Transmitted Circular Polarized Light Illumination


This is an example of an atoll beach sand. It consists primarily of shell and coral fragments. (Click here for more images of Ocean Sands) (Click here for more images of Sand in general)

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Greenberg, Gary, A GRAIN OF SAND: NATURE'S SECRET WONDER, Voyageur Press, 2008.

Welland, Michael, SAND: THE NEVER ENDING STORY, University of California Press, 2009.
(Good Information on the microscopy of sand, Great site for more information on microscopy in general)
(Good Information on Sand with links to more information on sand),com_mediadb/task,play/idstr,Open-feeds_fsc_exploring_sedimentary_processes_fsc02_02_m4v/vv,-2/Itemid,97
(Brief, very informative video on what can be learned from the shape of a sand grain.)