Archive for the ‘Sand’ Category

Beaches & more

So my friend on the other side of the world went to the beach today (or yesterday if you’re over there). Anyway, tonight’s article (and a book that I can’t remember if  I’ve read so I went ahead and requested it from the library tonight) about sand, are real eye openers on a topic that most of us I’m sure don’t really think about.

On my ride to work each morning via our local train however, we pass a newly built station that reminds me of this topic. Now you might be thinking what does a station stop have to do with sand. Well, the main ingredient for cement or concrete is of course sand.

Anyway, check out this article entitled “Is the World Running out of Sand? The Truth behind Stolen Beaches and Dredges Islands” by Neil Tweedie over at The Guardian. If that doesn’t do it for you, check out the book Sand the Never-ending Story by Michael Welland. Now since I can’t remember if I’ve read this book already, let me just apologize now if I’ve recommended this book before.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

 

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By the ocean

So as I talked about in my previous post, Summer vacations by the ocean, I thought tonight I would continue on about what one one topic one would typically talk about when discussing the ocean and beaches, sand.

The article tonight is entitled “The Sahara Desert is Growing. Here’s What That Means” by Mindy Weisberger over at Live Science. Reading this article reminded me, as any article on sand often does, of the book Sand The Never-ending Story by Michael Welland. Tonight I just requested it from the library again.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Sand prairies

So last night I was reading the latest issue of the magazine xPlor, a magazine I use to get for my kids and put out by the Missouri Department of Conservation, and came across an article entitled “Into the wild Sand Prairie“. I’ve known for a while that Missouri has several ecosystems tucked into it but I was unaware one of them is called a sand prairie.

So afterwards, I searched for more articles on the sand prairie and came across this article in 2004, entitled “A Prairie in the Swamp” by A.J. Hendershott in the Missouri Department of Conservation’s magazine the Missouri Conservationist. Now I just need to get down their with my kids.

Sincerely-

       

Green Librarian

 

 

Sand

So tonight I actually planned to watch the PBS special Sand Wars, mostly because I got it on DVD from the library a couple of weeks ago. Towards the end, it actually began to remind me of the book Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart and how important that philosophy is. It also reminded me that I need to go back and read the book Sand: The Never-Ending Story by Michael Welland.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

 

My favorite toy as a kid

As a kid, one of my favorite toys was just plain, old dirt. If we could find some, in the back yard or the local creek, we were in it. So when I saw this article over at High Country News, I knew it was for me, even though I’m not a geologist.

My kids however, might disagree as I have lots of rocks, a fossil or two and even some sand in the house. Hmmm? Maybe I have the makings of a new career. Anyway, the article is entitled “Thanks, BLM, for letting the dirt shine through” by Collin Smith.

Dig in!

  

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Let it snow, let it snow

So today we got another inch of snow and then I came across this article, “New Study Shows How Helping Desert Soil Could Save Our Snow” by Sarah Jane Keller over at the High Country News. Needless to say it peaked my interest.

In part because I seem to recall reading a book several years ago on the origins of hurricanes (though for the life of me, I don’t recall the title) and how they frequently begin their journey’s along the coast of Africa.

I was also reminded of another book called Sand: The Never-Ending Story by Michael Welland. Anyway, when I read this article, I found it timely what with those books and the weather this past week in the Midwest.

Enjoy!

 

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Coast to coast

While I live here, landlocked in the midwest, I have to say that the one place I would love to visit again (and take my kids) is either coast. I have vivid memories of walking along the beach out west in San Diego and picking up sand dollars. I was also fortunate enough to go out  east as an adult and walk along the beaches at Cape  Cod. So with  that said, here is a great kids book that I stumbled upon this afternoon at the library that is all about the ocean’s and it’s entitled “Bubble Homes and Fish Farts” by Fiona Bayrock. Now while I haven’t read it to my kids yet (as I don’t have them until tomorrow night) I’ve been skimming through it ant I have to say it looks great.

I also recently requested a film the other day and picked up today (which I haven’t seen yet) entitled “The End of the Line: Where Have all the Fish Gone?” by Rupert Murray. Now while the title appears depressing, I will have to let you know.

Finally, I came across this story over at Grist,  “Google Maps Now lets You Walk Around on the Ocean Floor“and while it’s a great story I’m still looking forward to the new book “Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor” by Hali Felt.

Enjoy!

 

Green Librarian