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What is sand? What’s it made from, and how does it get from where it’s made to the beaches and sand dunes that surround many of our shores? On this album, Dr Dave McGarvie of The Open University takes us on a visit to Cornwall to follow grains of sand on their journey from the high moorland to the sea shore. Back in the lab, he demonstrates some techniques for looking in detail at samples of sand. The album draws on material originally created to support The Open University course Exploring Science.

By: The iTunes U team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 25 mins
  • Updated Thursday 20th August 2009
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Across the Sciences
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Track 1: Exploring sedimentary processes

A brief introduction to this album.

© The Open University 2009

Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Exploring sedimentary processes    A brief introduction to this album. Play now Exploring sedimentary processes
2 From granite to sand    How sand is formed by the weathering of moorland rock. Play now From granite to sand
3 Sand under the microscope    What microscopic investigations reveal about samples of sand. Play now Sand under the microscope
4 Grains of sand    Using sieves to establish grain size profiles. Play now Grains of sand
5 Transporting sand grains    Comparing the effectiveness of wind and water for moving sand grains of different sizes. Play now Transporting sand grains