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The Resource The world in a grain : the story of sand and how it shaped civilisation, Vince Beiser

The world in a grain : the story of sand and how it shaped civilisation, Vince Beiser

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The world in a grain : the story of sand and how it shaped civilisation
Title
The world in a grain
Title remainder
the story of sand and how it shaped civilisation
Statement of responsibility
Vince Beiser
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Language
eng
Summary
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 footpath 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
Summary
Reveals the world's absolute dependence on sand as a resource material used in virtually every structure and consumer product, describing how the planet's dwindling sand levels and related human practices are incurring significant environmental consequences
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Writing style
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10685241
Cataloging source
DLC
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1965-
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Beiser, Vince
Dewey number
620.191
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Sand
  • Technology and civilisation
Target audience
adult
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the story of sand and how it shaped civilization
Label
The world in a grain : the story of sand and how it shaped civilisation, Vince Beiser
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The most important solid substance on Earth -- Part I. How sand built the twentieth century's industrialised 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 globalised, digital world. High tech, high purity ; Fracking facilitator ; Miami Beach-less ; Man-made lands ; Desert war ; Concrete conquers the city ; Beyond sand
Control code
000061231295
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9780399576423
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017053122
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1047631445
Label
The world in a grain : the story of sand and how it shaped civilisation, Vince Beiser
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The most important solid substance on Earth -- Part I. How sand built the twentieth century's industrialised 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 globalised, digital world. High tech, high purity ; Fracking facilitator ; Miami Beach-less ; Man-made lands ; Desert war ; Concrete conquers the city ; Beyond sand
Control code
000061231295
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9780399576423
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017053122
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1047631445

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