2016

Length: (1 mins.) ... Date: (July 2016) ... Source: https://youtu.be/zHCRO10DROE

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The greatest industrial consumer of all this sand is the concrete industry.
Apart from water and air, sand is the natural element most in demand around the world, a situation that puts the preservation of beaches and their flora and fauna in great danger.

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Sand Wars
..com

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Why Sand Is Disappearing
(NY Times 2014)


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Sand Isn’t as Plentiful as You Think

People are being murdered for this stuff

The base the world's construction boom is built on, quite literally, is concrete. The United Nations estimates that the world consumes more than 40 billion tons of building aggregate — sand, gravel, and crushed stone — each year.

The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, was built with sand imported from Australia. Dubai also imports sand for its beaches from Australia.

The huge sand mining operations emerging worldwide, many of them illegal, are happening out of sight and out of mind, as far as the developed world is concerned. But in India, where the government has stepped in to limit sand mining along its shores, illegal mining operations by what is now referred to as the “sand mafia” defy these regulations.

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