The unknown scarcity of sand

Sand, a resource that is well under the radar when we talk about scarcity of resources, is increasingly demanded for the production of concrete and asphalt. Global urbanization generates a mind-boggling demand for certain types of sand which is extracted intensively with (potentially) devastating environmental outcomes.

“There is so much demand for certain types of construction sand that Dubai, which sits on the edge of an enormous desert, imports sand from Australia. ”

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/27/sand-mining-global-environmental-crisis-never-heard

 

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