When people picture sand spread across idyllic beaches and endless deserts, they understandably think of it as an infinite resource. But as we discuss in a just-published perspective in the journal Science, over-exploitation of global supplies of sand is damaging the environment, endangering communities, causing shortages and promoting violent conflict.
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Torres, Aurora; Liu, Jianguo "Jack"; Brandt, Jodi; and Lear, Kristen, "The World is Facing a Global Sand Crisis" (2017). Human-Environment Systems Research Center Faculty Publications and Presentations. 19.