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The World in a Grain

The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization

by Vince Beiser

Hardcover, 294 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $28 |

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The World in a Grain
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The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization
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Vince Beiser

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Reveals the world's absolute dependence on sand as a resource material used in virtually every structure and consumer product, describing how the planet's dwindling sand levels and related human practices are incurring significant environmental consequences.