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Sand: A journey through science and the imagination

Popular Science Out of Print
By: Michael Welland
333 pages, 50 figs, 8pp col plates
Sand: A journey through science and the imagination
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  • Sand: A journey through science and the imagination ISBN: 9780199588183 Paperback May 2010 Out of Print #184759
  • Sand: A journey through science and the imagination ISBN: 9780199563180 Hardback Aug 2009 Out of Print #180044
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About this book

This book is all about sand - sand in individual grains, each one a little different; sand in piles; sand in shoals and dunes; the science of sand but also, shot through the book, sand and imagination - the art and the music of sand. Did you know that the Sand Mountain in Nevada emits a low C, while dunes in Chile sound an F, and those in Morocco a G#?

For all its ubiquity, sand is an extraordinary substance. For scientists, it is important in many ways: it represents the crushed remains of past rock, and builds up into layers in lake and ocean beds, layers of sandstone from which we can extract the history of deep time; its erosion creates complex landscapes of mounds and dunes which move in characteristic ways; its grains are remarkable individually and in their behaviour together as a granular material. And to travellers, poets and artists, the deserts it forms are full of grandeur and pathos.

Michael Welland is a geologist who has a passion for sand. He shows that truly, one can see a world, both in space and time, in a grain of sand.

Contents

1. Individuals: birth and character;
2. Tribes: the strange world of granular materials;
3. Sand and imagination: very large numbers of very small things; 4. Societies on the move: journeys to the sea;
5. Moving on: waves, tides, and storms;
6. Blowing in the wind: desert landscapes;
7. Witness: testaments of sand;
8. Sand and imagination: stories, medium, and muse;
9. Servant: sand in our lives;
10. Outward and onward;
Epilogue: desert mysteries

Customer Reviews

Popular Science Out of Print
By: Michael Welland
333 pages, 50 figs, 8pp col plates
Media reviews

Surprising and fascinating sandy facts in this information-dense book. Zoe Kamen, Time Out Fascinating study. PD Smith, Guardian

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