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100 1  Beiser, Vince,|d1965-|0http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names
       /n2017069284|eauthor. 
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 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
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/
       authorities/subjects/sh85133180 
655  4 Nonfiction. 
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