Germany

Sand Origin

Porta Westfalica

Random Sand Fact

There’s a world of sand collectors—people collecting for different reasons and aims. My (ouaw’s founder) to-go person for anything relating to this is the German collector Frank who has over 10 000 different worldwide samples!

Knowing what random fact you’d like is hard. I’d go for the above. Do you prefer the below?

Sandy geological oddities resembling mushrooms and spikes have been a mystery since their discovery in Germany 200 years ago. Are they sand-filled animal burrows? Objects created by prehistoric humans?

Scientists now connect the mysterious sand spikes to earthquakes or asteroid hits. They’re formed when one and immediately another powerful seismic wave ripples through sand. The spike heads point toward the seismic source, helping to pinpoint both the time and place of long-ago catastrophes.

Sand spills ancient secrets!

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