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World Is Running Out Of Sand Why There's Now A Black Market For It Now



Crazy Right? We're using it up faster than the planet can make it.

Crazy right? We literally have tons of it on beaches, deserts, and under the ocean, but we're using it up faster than the planet can make it.


We use sand way more than you'd expect. Worldwide, we go through 50 billion tons of sand every year. That is twice the amount produced by every river in the world.

After air and water, sand is our most used natural resource. We use it even more than oil!

The major player for sand usage is concrete.

Between 2011 and 2013, China used more concrete than the US did in the entire 20th century. Again: in Three years, China built the equivalent to every highway, road bridge in the US. And the Hoover Dam!

Concrete is the finished product that you walk on, drive on, and live inside.