UCSB Science Line
Sponge Spicules Nerve Cells Galaxy Abalone Shell Nickel Succinate X-ray Lens Lupine
UCSB Science Line
How it Works
Ask a Question
Search Topics
Our Scientists
Science Links
Contact Information
What is sand made of?
Question Date: 2015-04-30
Answer 1:

Sand is mainly made of rocks and mineral grains. The main component of sand in inland and non-tropical coastal settings is silicon dioxide in the form of quartz. The composition or sand varies depending on the local rock sources and conditions. The second most common type of sand is calcium carbonate.

Here is a nice video that shows and speaks about what sand is made of.

You can also visit the following links and enjoy more about sand. sand
sand made of

Click Here to return to the search form.

University of California, Santa Barbara Materials Research Laboratory National Science Foundation
This program is co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and UCSB School-University Partnerships
Copyright © 2020 The Regents of the University of California,
All Rights Reserved.
UCSB Terms of Use