THE WORLD IN A GRAIN
The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization
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This gripping story of sand—the most diminishing, overlooked commodity in the world—journeys across the globe to discover how it made—and makes—possible cities, scientific discoveries, modern life, and more.
Moving from Egypt’s pyramids to the Hubble telescope, from the tallest skyscrapers to the sidewalks below them, from Chartres’ stained-glass windows to smart phones and other silicon-based devices, the lively narrative includes tales of island-building entrepreneurs, world-changing innovators, desert fighters, and murderous sand pirates who mine for it, sell it, build with it, and sometimes kill for it. The book also discusses the serious human and environmental costs incurred by our dependence on sand.
Penguin Random House
9 and up