Sand is one of Earth’s most soothing materials. There’s nothing quite like burying cold toes in warm beach sand or letting handfuls of the stuff slip through your fingers on a summer afternoon. We all created sand art as kids; it’s no wonder that sand has also inspired adult artists to create masterful works of art using this versatile art medium.
In the slideshow below, you’ll find a number of sand-inspired innovations. Some are lighthearted, like the flip flops that imprint love notes in the sand as you walk. Others are awe-inspiring, like exotic vacations to snowboard on the sand in the Sahara. Still others, like the discovery of water-preserving nanotechnology sand, have the potential to alter history.
20 Sand-Inspired Innovations
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From Refrigerated Beaches to Mesmerizing Sand Animations
By: Marissa Brassfield - Published: Feb 23, 2009