The Secrets of Sand: A Journey into the Amazing Microscopic World of Sand. by Gary Greenberg, Carol Kiely, Kate Clover (Hardcover)
From the beach to the moon - explore the incredible hidden world of sand, seen through a microscope.
To the naked eye, the tiny particles that make up sand are less than inspiring. Under the microscope, however, it's a completely different story. Looking at sand under extreme magnification, we quickly find ourselves immersed in a new world of brilliant colors, organic shapes, and the stunning patterns of nature.
Every grain of sand is a snapshot in time: Each grain originated somewhere and is headed somewhere else. Biogenic sands often contain fragments of the hard tissues from marine organisms such as shells, corals, sponges, sea urchins, forams, and bryozoans. When these organisms die, the hard tissues that are left behind erode into some of the most spectacular grains of sand imaginable. In this book, deep-focus microscope photography, x-ray images, and high-resolution scanning electron microscopy reveal their secrets.
The Secrets of Sand is a virtual tour of sands from across North America. It shows their origins, the environmental forces that have acted upon them, and their journey from bedrock or invertebrate shell to the fine particles that, in countless billions, form our familiar beaches and dunes. It then moves on to an exploration of lunar sand, which has been formed under such alien conditions that it has no terrestrial counterpart. The Secrets of Sand is an amazing voyage of discovery in the ancient past--and the dynamic present--of the earth and our nearest neighbor.
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Pages: 128 (Hardcover)
A Grain of Sand - Nature's Secret Wonder
The Amazing Microphotography of Dr. Gary Greenberg (hardcover)
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Every grain of sand is a jewel waiting to be discovered. That's what Dr. Gary Greenberg found when he first turned his microscope on beach sand. Gemlike minerals, colorful coral fragments, and delicate microscopic shells revealed that sand comprises much more than little brown rocks. Amazing microphotography showcases spectacular colors, shapes, and patterns. Join Dr. Greenberg as he explores the science and beauty of the sand grain. With this captivating volume, you will never look at a beach the same way again.
Author and photographer Dr. Gary Greenberg is a visual artist who creatively combines art with science. He has a Ph.D. in biomedical research from University College London and holds 18 patents for high-definition 3-D light microscopes. Dr. Greenberg lives in Haiku, Hawaii.
Foreword writer Stacy Keach is an actor renowned for his narration of scientific documentaries, particularly the NOVA series for the Public Broadcasting Service.
* Hardcover: 112 pages
* Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (April 15, 2008)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0760331987
* ISBN-13: 978-0760331989
* Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
Mary's Magic Microscope - Book One: The Sand Bandit by Dr. Gary Greenberg and Stacy Keach (paperback)
Mary's Magic Microscope is the first in a series of books for children of middle-school age. It follows the journey of Mary McDoogle, a 12-year-old girl who finds a magic microscope in her grandpa's attic that allows her to be transported into the micro world. Here, Mary discovers many new and wonderful adventures. She uses her microscope to fight crime, and help her dad, an FBI chief, capture the Sand Bandit, who stole the precious Star of Africa diamond. Imagine Nancy Drew meeting Alice in Wonderland on a Fantastic Journey. This book provides a unique insight into an amazing new scientific world.
Publication Date: May 12 2011
ISBN/EAN13: 1461155002 / 9781461155003
Page Count: 96
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Color: Full Color
Related Categories: Juvenile Fiction / General