A microscopic look at why the world is running out of sand

by: Verge Science     Published on: 04 September 2018

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Humans are using more sand than the Earth is naturally producing, and that’s a problem for the global construction industry. But it turns out that the usefulness of sand depends on the science of each tiny little grain. We went on a sand scavenger hunt to collect some samples, look at them under a microscope, and try to figure out why sand scarcity is such a problem.Video: William Poor, Alex Parkin, Cory ZapatkaAdditional Camera: Cynthia Gil, Tom ConnorsAudio: Andrew MarinoDirector of Audience Development: Ruben SalvadoriSocial Media Manager: Dilpreet KainthSubscribe: http://bit.ly/2FqJZMlLike Verge Science on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2hoSukOFollow on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Kr29B9Follow on Instagram: https://goo.gl/7ZeLvXRead More: http://www.theverge.comCommunity guidelines: http://bit.ly/2D0hlAvSubscribe to Verge on YouTube for explainers, product reviews, technology news, and more: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs