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More Than Beaches And Dunes, Author Explains How We Rely On Sand In Surprising Ways

Photo credit: Courtesy of Penguin Random House

"The World in a Grain" by Vince Beiser is pictured.

People depend on sand in unexpected ways. It is used to build houses, from the foundation to the windows, and pave our roads. It's in toothpaste and shampoo and used to make the band of your underwear. It's even used to make your cell phone.

"Today, your life depends on sand. You may not realize it but sand is there making the way you live possible, in almost every minute of your day. We live in it, travel on it, communicate with it, surround ourself with it," Vince Beiser writes in his new book, "The World In A Grain: The Story of Sand and How it Transformed Civilization."

Beiser says it’s getting harder to find the huge amounts of sand we need to keep our beaches beautiful and our cities growing.

He joins Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the importance of this natural resource.

More Than Beaches And Dunes, Author Explains How We Rely On Sand In Surprising Ways


Vince Beiser, author, “The World in a Grain”


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