Coverart for item
The Resource The world in a grain : the story of sand and how it transformed civilization, Vince Beiser

The world in a grain : the story of sand and how it transformed civilization, Vince Beiser

Label
The world in a grain : the story of sand and how it transformed civilization
Title
The world in a grain
Title remainder
the story of sand and how it transformed civilization
Statement of responsibility
Vince Beiser
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The gripping story of the most important overlooked commodity in the world -- sand -- and the crucial role it plays in our lives. After water and air, sand is the natural resource that we consume more than any other -- even more than oil. Every concrete building and paved road on Earth, every computer screen and silicon chip, is made from sand. From Egypt's pyramids to the Hubble telescope, from the world's tallest skyscraper to the sidewalk below it, from Chartres' stained-glass windows to the smartphone in your hand, sand shelters us, connects us, and inspires us. It's the ingredient that makes possible our cities, our science, our lives -- and our future. And, incredibly, we're running out of it. The World in a Grain is the compelling true story of the hugely important and diminishing natural resource that grows more essential every day, and of the people who mine it, sell it, build with it -- and sometimes, even kill for it. It's also a provocative examination of the little-noticed, but deadly serious human and environmental costs incurred by our dependence on sand
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Beiser, Vince
Dewey number
620.1/91
Index
index present
LC call number
TA455.S3
LC item number
B45 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sand
  • Technology and civilization
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • NATURE
  • SCIENCE
  • Sand
  • Technology and civilization
Label
The world in a grain : the story of sand and how it transformed civilization, Vince Beiser
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The most important solid substance on Earth -- Part I. How sand built the twentieth century's industrialized world -- The skeleton of cities -- Paved with good intentions -- The thing that lets us see everything -- Part II. How sand is building the twenty-first century's globalized, digitized world -- High tech, high purity -- Fracking facilitator -- Miami Beach-less -- Man-made lands -- Desert war -- Concrete conquers the city -- Beyond sand
Control code
on1013500187
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9780399576423
Lccn
2017053122
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1013500187
  • (Sirsi) a2051839
Label
The world in a grain : the story of sand and how it transformed civilization, Vince Beiser
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The most important solid substance on Earth -- Part I. How sand built the twentieth century's industrialized world -- The skeleton of cities -- Paved with good intentions -- The thing that lets us see everything -- Part II. How sand is building the twenty-first century's globalized, digitized world -- High tech, high purity -- Fracking facilitator -- Miami Beach-less -- Man-made lands -- Desert war -- Concrete conquers the city -- Beyond sand
Control code
on1013500187
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9780399576423
Lccn
2017053122
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1013500187
  • (Sirsi) a2051839

Library Locations

    • Central Library, Jesse H. Jones BuildingBorrow it
      500 McKinney St., Houston, TX, 77002, US
      29.759431 -95.369953
    • Collier Regional LibraryBorrow it
      6200 Pinemont, Houston, TX, 77092, US
      29.8408138 -95.4826992
    • Looscan Neighborhood LibraryBorrow it
      2510 Willowick, Houston, TX, 77027, US
      29.7427971 -95.4420007
    • Moody Neighborhood LibraryBorrow it
      9525 Irvington, Houston, TX, 77076, US
      29.8475523 -95.36253049999999
    • Ring Neighborhood LibraryBorrow it
      8835 Long Point, Houston, TX, 77055, US
      29.8026 -95.507916
Processing Feedback ...