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


grains of sand
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.




sand grains magnified
Sand Magnified by Yanping Wang www.nikonsmallworld.com




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Sand Magnified 250x.
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grains of sand
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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Puffy Stars -- Star-Shaped Sand Grains from Okinawa. These tiny foram, a type of protozoa, secrete beautiful star-shaped, calcium carbonate shells, or tests. www.sandgrains.com



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



grain of sand
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





grains of sand
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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anna
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Grains of sand.
Reply #773 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 #772 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 #771 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 #770 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 #769 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 #768 on : Thu March 13, 2014, 10:16:24
This is absolutely wonderful.
Juan
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God's Creation
Reply #767 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 #766 on : Mon March 10, 2014, 12:27:10
This is amazing!
Carmelita
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Such Beauty!
Reply #765 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 #764 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 #763 on : Thu March 06, 2014, 16:22:41
Great! You have to see this wonder of God.
Alison
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awesome!
Reply #762 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 #761 on : Fri February 21, 2014, 22:21:40
Something to think about.
Rod Toner
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Sand
Reply #760 on : Mon February 17, 2014, 14:35:47
Damn, i'm pretty stoned.
Ron B.
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Grains of Sand Magnified
Reply #759 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 #758 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 #757 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 #756 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 #755 on : Tue January 28, 2014, 12:02:01
in awe!
THANKU!!!
Greta Hyland
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Inspiration
Reply #754 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 #753 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 #752 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 #751 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 #750 on : Wed January 15, 2014, 22:15:12
Es hermoso e increíble......
helen ramos
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #749 on : Wed January 15, 2014, 20:39:22
Awesome
Ronald Johns
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Grains of Sand
Reply #748 on : Tue January 14, 2014, 20:00:03
O, MG ! and/or OM, G!
Anonymous
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great job
Reply #747 on : Tue January 14, 2014, 10:25:26
Amazing
Fuel Price Reduction Minded
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #746 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 #745 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 #744 on : Thu December 26, 2013, 12:13:39
Thanks
Anonymous
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Sands of Time
Reply #743 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 #742 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 #741 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 #740 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 #739 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 #738 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 #737 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 #736 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 #735 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.
PAMELA ARMAS
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #734 on : Fri November 22, 2013, 23:23:59
A WALK ON THE BEACH HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE PAST TIME, MY FAVORITE TREASURE HUNT AND MY PERSONAL HEALING PLACE. I WILL ERINLY LOOK AT TRHE SAND I WALK ON DIFFERENTLY NOW. THANK YOIU FOR THIS EXPERIENCE !
Elaine Whinston
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Magnified shell fragments
Reply #733 on : Tue November 19, 2013, 16:33:27
These pictures are fascinating!
Betsy Payne
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Grains of sand
Reply #732 on : Mon November 18, 2013, 13:24:01
Fricking amazing. But what amazes me more is the microscope that allowance us to see it. Mother Nature is always, always so wonderful that I'm no longer surprised by her intricacacies, just by my lack of imagination.
Gail Morgan
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grains of sand
Reply #731 on : Fri November 15, 2013, 18:17:00
what a beautiful story and pictures. i plan to get the book. These are the things in life that mean so much.
claire
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sand collection
Reply #730 on : Fri November 08, 2013, 20:18:56
I have about 126 spice jars full of sample sands from around the world and I have wondered many times about the different colors and thickness of the sand ... never could I have imagied the treasures in all the jars in my bathroom ... very special to see and thank you for sharing your discovery with us
Ilene Sternberg
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Imspiration Green
Reply #729 on : Sun November 03, 2013, 14:17:42
Great Website! Love the article about recycling maps!!
Isadora De La Vega
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At the Beach
Reply #728 on : Sun November 03, 2013, 04:34:04
Incredible information ... a real eye opener.
Thanks
Boualem Bousseloub
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Thanks
Reply #727 on : Mon October 28, 2013, 12:29:28
Thank you for revealing for us this natural beauty; the beauty of the infinitesimally small grains of sable.
ET
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GRAINS OF SAND MAGNIFIED
Reply #726 on : Sat October 19, 2013, 05:56:18
When I see things like this, I REALIZE how much we take for granted especially livng in Hawaii.
Claudia
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Grains of sand magnified
Reply #725 on : Sat October 19, 2013, 01:35:24
Absolutely breath-taking. I will share it with many! Thank YOU for sharing it with all of us.
Glass Etching.com
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Re: Magnified grains of sand
Reply #724 on : Fri October 18, 2013, 12:01:36
I've been sandblasting for over 30 years and I never realized how amazing sand is !
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