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100 1 Beiser, Vince,|d1965-|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names
245 14 The world in a grain :|bthe story of sand and how it
transformed civilization /|cVince Beiser.
264 1 New York :|bRiverhead Books,|c2018.
264 4 |c©2018.
300 294 pages ;|c24 cm
504 Includes bibliographical references and index.
505 0 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.
520 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.
520 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.
650 0 Sand.|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85117166
650 0 Technology and civilization.|0http://id.loc.gov/
655 4 Nonfiction.