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Monday, July 08, 2019

What links the building you live in, the glass you drink from and the computer you work on? Sand. It is a key ingredient of modern life and yet, astonishingly, no-one knows how much sand there is or how much is being mined.

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Someone in the EPA had a solution to this, but they were told to go pound sand.

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-08 03:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Peak Sand? A new term in the making?

#2 | Posted by eberly at 2019-07-08 03:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

There's the Sahara desert...

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-08 03:44 PM | Reply

#3 It isn't Silicon Valley. Low quality silicon pushes failure rates way up on chips. But yeah, maybe if we can sort the grains right?

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-07-08 03:48 PM | Reply

#3 That sand isn't useful. It's too smooth!

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-08 04:20 PM | Reply

Have you checked the manginas of the right wingers??? I'm sure you'll discover enough to last several decades.

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-07-08 05:41 PM | Reply | Funny: 6 | Newsworthy 1

Have you checked the manginas of the right wingers??? I'm sure you'll discover enough to last several decades.

#6 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR

LMAO. Solid point!

#7 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-08 06:12 PM | Reply

Have you checked the manginas

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr

Did you check yours?

#8 | Posted by boaz at 2019-07-08 07:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

^Translation: it has not checked its--yet.

#9 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-07-09 10:15 AM | Reply

We're Running Out of Sand

That is funny. We have been making sand for many years.

#10 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-07-09 10:42 AM | Reply

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#10 Yeah, but we have to pound it.

#11 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-07-09 10:54 AM | Reply

#10 yes. grinding down larger rocks is a way to make sand, but we are using sand far beyond the ability of the earth to make it.

#12 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-09 11:37 AM | Reply

Sand is a useful part of our world too. There are examples in the article of a river being ruined when sand is removed.

#13 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-09 11:38 AM | Reply

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat

That type of silicone is actually as pure as possible and grown in reactors - it is quite the process. The highest quality manufacturer of it is down the road from where I grew up. I had 3 close relatives that were there almost from the beginning. I had a tour of the facility as it is now a couple years ago - it is amazing how things have changed from when I was a kid. It's also amazing on how much industrial espionage they have to deal with - from what I have been told it is mainly Asians trying to figure out how they are doing it.

#14 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-07-09 11:44 AM | Reply

#13 | Posted by BruceBanner

You are right bru. Every day there is a new world ending event at our door. Will we make it to the weekend?

#15 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-07-09 12:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#15 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-07-09 12:47 PM

You know, sni, there's nothing so much wrong with you that reincarnation wouldn't fix.

#16 | Posted by Hans at 2019-07-09 12:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Will we make it to the weekend?

#15 | POSTED BY SNIPER

We're no longer ignorant, living in caves. There is a chance we can plan ahead and make wise choices. I am hopeful.

#17 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-09 01:34 PM | Reply

We're no longer ignorant, living in caves.

#17 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER

Well... some of us.

Others take pride in their ignorance, claiming educated people are "elitist".

#18 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-07-09 04:20 PM | Reply

Peak Sand? A new term in the making?
#2 | POSTED BY EBERLY AT 2019-07-08 03:44 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

Excellent term. I suspect deserts are a literal goldmine of sorts.

#19 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-07-09 05:23 PM | Reply

Every day there is a new world ending event at our door.

When you choose to be the least intellectually honest person on DR, let us know.

#20 | Posted by zarnon at 2019-07-09 07:06 PM | Reply

"Every day there is a new world ending event at our door."
When you choose to be the least intellectually honest person on DR, let us know.
#20 | POSTED BY ZARNON AT 2019-07-09 07:06 PM

Actually, that Russian spy sub "accident" appears to have had global repercussions that our MSM said NOTHING about. It was taken more seriously than anything North Korea has threatened.

As for sand - perhaps most of the material qualifies as semi-silicate and can be atomically reconstructed into raw minerals.

#21 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-07-09 07:40 PM | Reply

Meh... this just sounds like a new excuse to harass Arabs.

#22 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-07-10 01:54 AM | Reply

#20 | Posted by zarnon

Supervillain right? Welcome to the club. Bingo on Wednesdays.

#23 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-07-10 02:44 PM | Reply

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