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Sand Is In Danger – Mekong River sand as well as other locations are not infinite

The ecosystem along the banks of the Mekong River is in serious trouble because industry is snatching up all the sand. Sand is a key component in many things that we use from glass to electronics and most of all, cement. The massive amounts of sand drawn from this and many other locations are destroying them.

Sand seems to be something we have a lot of, and we do! Whole deserts worth but not all sand is the same. The type found in deserts is too fine for most applications and instead the type found along beaches and shores is what is used.

Fifty billion tonnes are mined around the world every year. The Mekong river bed is lower than it was just from this type of extraction and it’s happening around the world. There are limits being put on the export of this type of sand but there is still a good deal of work that needs to be done around this conservation.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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