A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder

By Gary Greenberg

"To see a global in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower. to carry infinity within the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour."
William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence" 1805

Here is the area seen inside a grain of sand, because of the beautiful three-d microphotography of Dr. Gary Greenberg. to a few, all sand seems to be alike--countless grains in an enormous expanse of seashore. glance closer--much closer--and your view of sand seriously is not an identical. utilizing the wonderful microphotographic ideas that he constructed, Greenberg invitations readers to find the unusual and beautiful global that every grain of sand includes.

Here are the sands of Hawaii and Tahiti, the Sahara and the Poles, a volcano, every one exquisitely diversified, and every telling a desirable geological tale. purple sand and yellow, white sand and black, making a song sand and quicksand: Greenbergs photos display the delicate ameliorations of their colours, textures, sizes, and shapes. And as this infinitesimal global unfolds so does an fascinating clarification of ways each one grain of sand starts and types and reveals itself in a specific position, certainly one of a thousand million and one in all a kind.

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