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Sand, Waipio Beach, Hawaii, Hawaii

Sand, Waipio Beach, Hawaii, Hawaii

This sand sample was collected on Waipio beach from the big island of Hawaii. It is a mixture of angular olivines and basalt primarily. The sand is well classified as a result of the relatively slow flow of the river that deposits this sand on the beach.

Macro Photograph (Click here for images at higher magnification and polarized light.)


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Doughty, Andrew, HAWAII: THE BIG ISLAND REVEALED, Wizard Publications, Inc.

Greenberg, Gary, A GRAIN OF SAND: NATURE'S SECRET WONDER, Voyageur Press, 2008.

Welland, Michael, SAND: THE NEVER ENDING STORY, University of California Press, 2009.
(Good Information on the microscopy of sand, Great site for more information on microscopy in general)
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