Sand Detectives

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(at the ISC or Your Site)

The world’s beaches are composed of sand that is made from minerals, rock fragments, and the hard parts of marine organisms. The attributes of sand in a particular location are affected by factors that include the local geology and biology, weathering, and wave action.  During this program, participants will become sand detectives, tasked with determining the origin and composition of mystery sand samples from around the globe. Using sand grain characteristics, such as color, composition, shape, and size, participants will investigate and solve this geological mystery as they discover dynamic beach ecosystems and explore the geological characteristics of local beaches.

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