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Star Sand

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.

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Taken on January 7, 2011