Being in a place of sensuous beaches, each unique in its own way, I’m inspired to write on sand. These grains have attracted and inspired many poets. Edgar Allen Poe has written a beautiful poem “A dream within a dream”, where he speaks of sand.
Grains of the Golden Sand
How few! Yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep—–
The sands have fascinated artistes to make animation models and to make big pictures on the shore. They have formed a communication medium for the lovers to imprint their romantic messages.
These lovely granules have different textures depending on the local rock conditions. They vary in their colors based on the content from black to green and yellow. There are myriad uses of sands. Right from being an inspiring grain for the poet to being a raw material for construction, sand has varied applications.
Many of the mouth watering juicy fruits are grown on sand. Watermelons, peanuts and Peaches are sandy crops where sand plays a nourishing role. An under base of sugar sand or sand box given beneath the young melons keep them dry.
In Coral Reef Aquariums
The beautiful coral reef aquarium attracts and appeals everyone. In these beautiful tanks, deep sand beds are used that act as “nutrient sinks”, as they leach back nutrients in the tanks. The role of the sand here is to maintain calcium and alkalinity levels.
In Dairy Farming
Sand bedding is Gold Standard for cattle comfort. Moreover sand beddings reduce costs of Dairy farming. With excellent drainage properties, sand beddings are extensively used in Dairy Farming. Moreover the usage of sand helps reduce swollen hocks and hair off hocks in the cows. Further the cows will have a well footing.
In beach nourishing
The erosion of beach sand creates lot of environmental problems. It is essential that the quality and quantity of beaches are maintained. As Sand nourishes and replenishes the shore line, the offshore sources have to be identified. Adding quality and value to the beaches nourishes the sea.
In Brick Manufacturing
In 1912, some brick was made using sanded molds. Sand lime bricks are in the limelight today. Hydraulic Sand lime brick presses are used to manufacture these bricks. Even in the conventional plants, some quantity of sand is added to the mixture of clay and other materials.
Sand transformed to glass
Sand is shoveled to hot blast furnace to obtain liquid glass. This glass is ladled into cold water. The bubbles and bursts are the delicacies for the eyes. Glass has several applications such as flat glass, container glass, optics and optoelectronics material, laboratory equipment, thermal insulator (glass wool), reinforcement materials (glass-reinforced plastic, glass fiber reinforced concrete), and glass art (art glass, studio glass) and Sand is the basic ingredient of glass making.
Sand Casting Process
Sand is the holding medium where impressions are made of the patterns to be molded. With this impression the molder makes a casting of the object by filling up the void with a molten aluminum material.
The multi attribute utility material-“Sand” has a special place in the universe. The benefits are myriad. Sand is the material for child play. It offers a medium of child’s creativity.
Sand running develops the lower body power.
Sand paints offer textured finish to non slip floors
A basic component for construction material
The uses of this granular material remain ever ubiquitous!