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Author Beiser, Vince, 1965-
Title The world in a grain : the story of sand and how it transformed civilization / Vince Beiser.
Imprint New York : Riverhead Books, 2018.
©2018.

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 OTTERBEIN MAIN COLLECTION  TA455.S3 B45 2018    DUE 07-31-19 OFF CAMPUS  
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 OTTERBEIN MAIN COLLECTION  TA455.S3 B45 2018    DUE 07-31-19 OFF CAMPUS  
Subject Sand.
Technology and civilization.
Description 294 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The most important solid substance on Earth -- Part I. How sand built the twentieth century's industrialized world. The skeleton of cities ; Paved with good intentions ; The thing that lets us see everything -- Part II. How sand is building the twenty-first century's globalized, digital world. High tech, high purity ; Fracking facilitator ; Miami Beach-less ; Man-made lands ; Desert war ; Concrete conquers the city ; Beyond sand.
Summary The gripping story of the most important overlooked commodity in the world -- sand -- and the crucial role it plays in our lives. After water and air, sand is the natural resource that we consume more than any other -- even more than oil. Every concrete building and paved road on Earth, every computer screen and silicon chip, is made from sand. From Egypt's pyramids to the Hubble telescope, from the world's tallest skyscraper to the sidewalk below it, from Chartres' stained-glass windows to the smartphone in your hand, sand shelters us, connects us, and inspires us. It's the ingredient that makes possible our cities, our science, our lives -- and our future. And, incredibly, we're running out of it. The World in a Grain is the compelling true story of the hugely important and diminishing natural resource that grows more essential every day, and of the people who mine it, sell it, build with it -- and sometimes, even kill for it. It's also a provocative examination of the little-noticed, but deadly serious human and environmental costs incurred by our dependence on sand.
It's the most overlooked commodity in the world: sand is in every concrete building and paved road on Earth, every computer screen and silicon chip. Sand shelters us, connects us, and inspires us. And, incredibly, we're running out of it. Beiser shares the compelling true story of the hugely important and diminishing natural resource that grows more essential every day, and of the people who mine it, sell it, build with it-- and sometimes, even kill for it. -- adapted from jacket.
ISBN 9780399576423 (hardcover)
0399576428 (hardcover)
9780399576430
0399576436
9780399576430
ISBN/ISSN 99978500590
OCLC # 1013500187