Sand

Footprint on sand at beach

Sand and the Modern World

Sand has always been an essential part of human life and the rise of cities. but its impact and the world’s dependence on it have been largely overlooked.

August 8, 2019 - 99% Invisible

Rockaway Beach Bus

Memorial Day Buzzkill: Popular Stretch of Rockaway Beach Closed Indefinitely

New York City hasn't been able to keep the beach from eroding.

May 26, 2018 - The New York Times

Hong Kong Towers

Sand: Another Victim of Global Urbanization

Headlined by vertical (and horizontal) sprawl in China, India, and elsewhere, the global building boom requires vast quantities of concrete and asphalt. And to get those materials, sand must be taken from the environment.

March 8, 2017 - The Guardian

Footprint on sand at beach

Is it Time to Let New Jersey's Beaches Go Natural?

For decades, New Jersey's coastal communities have been the beneficiaries of artificial beach nourishment, at great expense. After Sandy washed away hundreds of million of dollars of sand, some are suggesting it's time for a strategic retreat.

November 6, 2012 - The New York Times

Disappearing Sand Leads to Illegal Land Engineering in Cancun

As environmental conditions erode sand along the tourist-heavy beaches in Cancun, some hotel owners are taking drastic -- and illegal -- measures to rebuild their beaches.

September 5, 2009 - The New York Times

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