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Sand grains magnified 110-250 times reveal each grain is unique.


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The tip of a spiral shell has broken off and become a grain of sand. After being repeatedly tumbled by action of the surf this spiral sand grain has become opalescent in character. It is surrounded by bits of coral, a pink shell fragment, a foram (a type of protozoa) and volcanic material. Photo copyright Dr. Gary Greenberg.



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A handful of sand grains selected from a beach in Maui and arranged on a black background. Photo copyright Dr. Gary Greenberg.



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Magnified 250 times. Every grain of sand in the world is unique when viewed through a microscope.



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Sand Magnified by Yanping Wang www.nikonsmallworld.com



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Sand Magnified 250x.
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The glacially deposited sands around Lake Winnibigoshish, Minnesota, contain abundant sediments from the igneous and metamorphic minerals of the Lake Superior basin. A sample includes pink garnets, green epidote, iron-rich red agates, black magnetite, and hematite. Image Copyright © 2008 Dr. Gary Greenberg.



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Magnified grains of star sand from Southern Japan.
Made up of the calcified shells of tiny organisms.
Photo by Richard Mouser Williams.



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Magnified grains of Star Sand.
Photo by Richard Mouser Williams.



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Puffy Stars -- Star-Shaped Sand Grains from Okinawa. These tiny foram, a type of protozoa, secrete beautiful star-shaped, calcium carbonate shells, or tests. sandgrains.com



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Coral Sand magnified 100x using
transmission electron microscopy, brightfield mode.
By Dr. David Maitland, Feltwell, UK.
microscopyu.com



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Many grains of sand are tiny crystals (shiny, flat sided solids). Sand from Zushi Beach, Japan, contains what looks like a sapphire crystal. The crystal is larger than the surrounding grains and has survived eroding because of its hardness and quality.
Image Copyright © 2008 Dr. Gary Greenberg



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Fragments of baby sea urchin shells. Biogenic sand, which forms from the remains of marine life, is the major ingredient of many tropical beaches. (Magnification 100x) popgive.com




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A magnified view of the tropical beach sand from the Caribbean island of St. John (U.S. Virgin Islands). The grains include porous fragments of brightly-colored corals, minute foraminiferan shells, fragments of sea shells and shiny, star-shaped sponge spicules. waynesword.palomar.edu




A Grain of Sand - Nature's Secret Wonder
The Amazing Microphotography of Dr. Gary Greenberg


Every grain of sand is a jewel waiting to be discovered. That's what Dr. Gary Greenberg found when he first turned his microscope on beach sand. Gemlike minerals, colorful coral fragments, and delicate microscopic shells reveal that sand comprises much more than tiny beige rocks.

Author and photographer Dr. Gary Greenberg is a visual artist who creatively combines art with science. He has a Ph.D. in biomedical research from University College London and holds 17 patents for high-definition 3-D light microscopes. Dr. Greenberg lives in Haiku, Hawaii.


Carl Sagan famously remarked "the total number of stars in the universe is greater than all the grains of sand on all the beaches on the planet Earth." It is estimated that the total number of 'all' grains of sand on the whole planet could be approximately 2000 billion billion. Scientists still believe there are more stars in the Universe. hassers.blogspot.com

And as to planets:

If a grain of sand represented an entire galaxy; so each grain of sand, or galaxy, contains 100’s of billions of stars, you would need to fill six rooms full of sand to contain all the galaxies in the known universe. If you drilled a tiny hole in one of the grains of sand, 'our Milky Way universe,' that would be the area that we have been capable of seaching for planets so far. About 900 planets have been discovered so far... directedplay.com



Buy the Images: www.sandgrains.com

Buy the Book: A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder by Dr Gary Greenberg
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steven buck
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What's Amazing
Reply #785 on : Mon February 08, 2016, 14:24:18
Modern machines (electron microscope or a video capturing a split second event) can reveal amazing things to us, but people like Marianna Villani, in the comment section on this page, find scientists and their work hard to believe. People like her suffer from a condition where trusting scientific information that is beyond basic knowledge is too difficult, especially if they are convinced it conflicts with their religious faith. In fact, some are easily convinced of impossibly unbelievable things if the subject is religion. She lives on a flat Earth, no planets in her universe, no atomic particles, nothing is real that is complicated to understand, unless it's a conspiracy.
Dawn
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Grains of Sand
Reply #784 on : Mon February 08, 2016, 07:41:20
Some of the most beautiful images I have ever seen. Am going to try to purchase the book.
Lois Fontenot
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sand from IRAQ
Reply #783 on : Mon February 01, 2016, 08:04:53
MY SON was in the national guard. Toured Iraq and Afgainhistan. Brought sand back from Iraq. I often wonder what is in that bottle of sand. We lost him to PTSD. SO, the sand is in a water bottle on my antique cabinet.
Just a thought of what is in that bottle. He told us there we nuclear plants near their base.
I enjoyed the pictures. I will share them with my grandson. He love rocks. They studied them in second grade. He is now in sixth.

Sincerely,
LOIS FONTENOT
Kim
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tiny works of art
Reply #782 on : Fri January 29, 2016, 20:40:48
absolutely amazing and incredible this is. I could look at grains of sand all day long it's just so beautiful and interesting!. As an artist I see them like tiny sculptures and all put together, they're like one big beautiful painting ...thank you for doing this really inspiring!
porld
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See the world in a comments section
Reply #781 on : Fri January 22, 2016, 17:37:33
Some say all sand is the same, some marvel that its variety proves the existence and beneficence of god (nope), some conjure great applications for sand (only leaving out all of the details), and some doubt the veracity of the images. This comments section is quite like sand - highly varied and curious to behold but pretty stupid.
Colonel Sanders
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I am against sand!
Reply #780 on : Thu January 21, 2016, 01:33:38
I think sand should be banned. I have enough evidence now to completely debunk sand and expose all those who support sand as criminals and frauds! Obama, please start the war on sand immediately!
ThePoetDarkling
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #779 on : Sat November 21, 2015, 00:44:54
Marianna Villani - Are you serious? lol
Fredeick Smith
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sand into fuel
Reply #778 on : Thu November 19, 2015, 17:45:13
Can sand be turned into fuel????if so how????
Sam
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Sand
Reply #777 on : Thu November 19, 2015, 08:42:49
Sand is sand is sand. so what.
Zippy
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Sand
Reply #776 on : Sun August 02, 2015, 16:32:53
I can't comprehend this subject so I'll leave it for the brains to complicate.
Marianna Villani
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This is not real
Reply #775 on : Wed July 29, 2015, 15:38:06
This is extremely false and not plausible. Sand is a rock that has been whiddled down to a tiny smooth rock. There are not little tiny sea shells inside a grain of sand that is the most idiotic thing I've ever read. You should rethink this article and delete it.
anna
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Grains of sand.
Reply #774 on : Fri April 04, 2014, 20:20:30
Its wonderful to see this.God made all this for us to enjoy. What a great God he is. The pictures are great. I really enjoyed this.Thanks.
The Mac Professor
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Grains of Sand
Reply #773 on : Tue April 01, 2014, 12:44:47
" The only thing set in stone is stone itself and it's destiny is to become grains of sand "

too soon to be famous quote by D Raymond
Frances Miller
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sand
Reply #772 on : Sat March 29, 2014, 19:56:37
I love this article. It is beautiful and so informative, Thank you for sharing. I, too, love Hawaii and spend summers on Kauai from Rancho Mirage, California.
Thank you
Frances Miller
Anonymous
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #771 on : Mon March 24, 2014, 19:07:12
I am 80 years old. I thought I had seen or read every thing of interest to me. I didn't even come close! This is absolutely one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Robert
Annette
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grains of sand
Reply #770 on : Fri March 14, 2014, 18:16:20
A project for art students is to match paint color to a handful of small rocks, always an eye opening lesson, for every rock has it's own beautiful color. Showing the wonders beyond the rocks right under our beach toes leaves me astounded. This beauty of our world," Grains of Sand", should be in every classroom beyond the art room.
Renee
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sand
Reply #769 on : Thu March 13, 2014, 10:16:24
This is absolutely wonderful.
Juan
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God's Creation
Reply #768 on : Tue March 11, 2014, 16:18:07
This once again prove that God is the creator. Man can make a shaving blade and it looks good to the naked eye. But if you looked into it with a magnifying glass the blade looks like a hacksaw. But God's creation the more one looked into it with a magnify glass the more perfect it looks. Psalm 19:1 says: The heavens declare the glory of God.
Anonymous
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #767 on : Mon March 10, 2014, 12:27:10
This is amazing!
Carmelita
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Such Beauty!
Reply #766 on : Sun March 09, 2014, 11:38:35
I'm in AWE! And some people still wonder if there is a God? Who, other than a God that loves us, could have created such a Wonder?
Paul
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Grains of sand
Reply #765 on : Sat March 08, 2014, 22:43:59
Each one is unique, like us humans, and like animals and trees; every form of life is precious in God's Creation.
Let us never stop being amazed, grateful and respectful of all life!
Anonymous
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #764 on : Thu March 06, 2014, 16:22:41
Great! You have to see this wonder of God.
Alison
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awesome!
Reply #763 on : Wed February 26, 2014, 06:20:36
Just reminds me how YHWH created each one of us as unique individuals. Although we may see ourselves as unimportant we are precious in God's eyes, just as He made each grain of sand special, so He created us.
Anonymous
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #762 on : Fri February 21, 2014, 22:21:40
Something to think about.
Rod Toner
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Sand
Reply #761 on : Mon February 17, 2014, 14:35:47
Damn, i'm pretty stoned.
Ron B.
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Grains of Sand Magnified
Reply #760 on : Fri February 14, 2014, 13:32:24
Those of us who've love a walk on the beach will never see it quite the same after viewing these photos. Loved the entire presentation.
Gen
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Wow that s amazing
Reply #759 on : Tue February 04, 2014, 09:56:23
thats really amzing i dont actually interested to see those things but was thrilled and amaze.
Anonymous
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Look at this.
Reply #758 on : Sun February 02, 2014, 17:30:44
Unbelievable what really is a grain of sand. Our eyes can view sand as all one color scheme,but the individual beauty is hidden from our naked eye.
Hector Villaraus Herrera
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Grain of Sand
Reply #757 on : Wed January 29, 2014, 13:12:15
We (the humans), don't deserved this beautiful
World.
RACHEL PEARLMAN
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #756 on : Tue January 28, 2014, 12:02:01
in awe!
THANKU!!!
Greta Hyland
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Inspiration
Reply #755 on : Sun January 26, 2014, 17:27:45
Hi,
I am getting ready to launch of site about the common man or everyman. I was trying to think of a name and came up with Grains of Sand. When I searched the web, I stumbled on this site and it is perfect! The beauty in those solitary grains of sand are astounding and lead me to believe that my name might be apropos for my site about common people. Awesome.
nam
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Share my experience
Reply #754 on : Thu January 23, 2014, 12:00:21
Thanks for sharing your knowledge! In the East, we call what you want to know is the Dao (The Way). Of course, everything you want to know which explained in this precious book, please spend your times to read the
Zhuan Falun Book
Keiren
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To Peggy
Reply #753 on : Tue January 21, 2014, 08:34:42
Sounds a fun project!

Unfortunately I do not have the rights to give you permission. You would need to get Dr. Gary Greenberg's permission. I think if you are making a quilt with loosely rendered grains of sand...you would not need permission. If on the other hand you are going to copy a photo as to exact placement of sand grains, etc...you would. Hope the quilt comes out fabulous!
Peggy Paris
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grains of sand image
Reply #752 on : Mon January 20, 2014, 07:23:27
I would like to make a quilt showing the grains of sand. I will enter it into a competition. I would like to ask permission to use one of your images.
Sincerely, Peggy Paris
Anonymous
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Todo un Universo
Reply #751 on : Wed January 15, 2014, 22:15:12
Es hermoso e increíble......
helen ramos
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #750 on : Wed January 15, 2014, 20:39:22
Awesome
Ronald Johns
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Grains of Sand
Reply #749 on : Tue January 14, 2014, 20:00:03
O, MG ! and/or OM, G!
Anonymous
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great job
Reply #748 on : Tue January 14, 2014, 10:25:26
Amazing
Fuel Price Reduction Minded
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #747 on : Mon January 13, 2014, 10:04:52
If these magnifications contain fossils and fuel is made from fossils, why can't we make fuel from sand? Would that not bring fuel prices down? Am I missing something?
Keiren
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To Luan
Reply #746 on : Thu December 26, 2013, 15:13:54
Silica sand also known as quartz sand is used for making glass. Sand without iron is sought for clear glass pieces, as iron will tint glass green.
Luan van Nguyen
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how transparent glass can be made from colorful sand
Reply #745 on : Thu December 26, 2013, 12:13:39
Thanks
Anonymous
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Sands of Time
Reply #744 on : Sun December 22, 2013, 07:58:11
very nice to see the small particles of sand through a microscope & nice to hear everyone's comments which are also wonderful but it is sad that we cant have open minds as you may be both right there might be something out there for us when we finish our journey on this earth, if not faith helps us say goodbye to loved ones, meanwhile enjoy the world we live in.
Tony Stoddart
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beauty
Reply #743 on : Sun December 22, 2013, 03:11:48
truly a unique and rare display of god's creation
Leonora
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #742 on : Tue December 17, 2013, 07:57:37
When you look at sand it just looks like plain dirty looking little pieces of dust, but close up they are magnificent jewels. It's shows you that if you look closer at anything, there's more to what meets the eye. Especially the creation of the whole earth and universe...
Anonymous
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #741 on : Sat December 14, 2013, 13:07:19
what type of microscope did you use?
Mary Lyn n
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #740 on : Tue December 10, 2013, 13:10:01
This is my absolute favorite so far. Have no other words except wondrous. And thank you!!
Anonymous
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #739 on : Wed December 04, 2013, 12:12:59
Absolutely amazing and so very beautiful. The human eye just can't see the beauty God has created for us, how sad. Thank You for opening our eyes for us.
kerwin
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sand
Reply #738 on : Fri November 29, 2013, 08:18:16
based on who sent it to me, I expected a bathing beauty somewhere in the photos!
Anonymous
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #737 on : Wed November 27, 2013, 22:33:00
Amazing I would have never thought this thanks for Sharing Noreen
Wandering Icelander
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Grains Of Sand Magnified
Reply #736 on : Tue November 26, 2013, 15:25:01
Unbelievable. Each grain is truly a work of intricate art. Thanks so much for this inspiring website.
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