Star Sand

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    This sand, found only on a few beaches in southern Japan, is made up entirely of the calcified shells of tiny organisms only a few milimeters across. It is one of the more sought-after sands for sand collectors despite being readily available on eBay. I'm somewhat adverse to buying sand for my collection, and haven't been to said beaches yet... so this sample is on loan from Robb Hermes.

    The Facey Family, schaedles, cup_kate, and 61 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. minxlj 40 months ago | reply

      Wow, I had no idea this existed! Beautiful stuff - thanks for sharing :)

    2. Mouser NerdBot 40 months ago | reply

      It is pretty unusual. :) Glad you like it!

    3. jasmin * 40 months ago | reply

      Neat-o. Looks a lot like pollen grains.
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Misc_pollen.jpg

    4. Mouser NerdBot 40 months ago | reply

      Hah, yeah it does. These are much larger though—several millimeters across.

    5. Devrah 40 months ago | reply

      Seems like it might be a little rough to walk on!

    6. hopdevils 40 months ago | reply

      Love the world that exists in sand! Thanks for showing it. Here's a blog post on your collection from EcoTone: www.esa.org/esablog/research/an-ant%E2%80%99s-eye-view-of... (An ant's eye view of sand).

    7. no1chef99 38 months ago | reply

      I had a exchange student from the island of Uron - just north of Guam by 12 miles that has the entire beached covered by this "sand". He brought some to me it is a fantastic item. Hediauki used to say that is was as soft to walk on as our beaches here in Florida and you would never hurt your feet.

    8. Mouser NerdBot 38 months ago | reply

      Someday I'd like to put that comparison to the test. :)

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