Sand Looks Unbelievably Cool Under a Microscope

You probably have no idea how cool that sand you're walking on really is.

Art, Sand

6/23/2022 6:03:00 AM

“It blew my mind, to tell you the truth,” he says. “I had no idea sand could look that way.” (From 2014)

You probably have no idea how cool that sand you're walking on really is.

Next time youfind yourself walking along a beach, stop for a second and shift your focus from the obvious beauty of the ocean to what’s underneath your feet. Sure, it probably looks like bunch of unremarkable brown sand, and to the naked eye, you're totally right. Except, the truth is, sand is very much remarkable, at least when you stick it under a microscope. “Every time I see sand under a microscope, it’s a surprise,” says

Gary Greenberg. “It’s like treasure hunting, only the treasures are very small, and they’re not very expensive.”Greenberg has been photographing bits of sand for years. He’s published a book on the subject and is writing another, due out next year. He’s what you’d call a microscopic sand grain photography expert, if such a title even exists. And his work is an amazing look at something we rarely give thought to.

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