Sand Origin

Playa Coronad/ Coronado Beach

Random Sand Fact

Outside Panama City, you’ll find huge artificial islands, largely built of great amounts of sand. 

Sand was pumped from the sea bottom and transported via a long submerged floating pipe during high tides. A geotextile draped over a lagoon-like rock dike held sand in place while allowing water to pass. Large vibrating pins were stuck into the sand several thousand times, shaking the sand grains to a nearly solid structure.

Today, the man-made sand island is full of residential buildings and a home to many.

The amount of sand used for land reclamation worldwide is staggering. It’s running into billions of tons and contributing to the global sand shortage. 

Creating new land from the sea is both a testament to human ingenuity and a reminder to do so in an environmentally sound way.

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