San Marino

Sand Origin

Sand pit at Torraccia

Random Sand Fact

Sands’s ability to absorb energy is proven useful, for example, in car racing.

Studies of ballistic shots into sand show that sand can absorb more than 85% of the energy smashed at it, the ability increasing with the speed of the projectile.

Sand barrels and sand cushions have saved lives at many race tracks. Historically, it has been a part of safety arrangements at events such as the San Marino Grand Prix, held in Italy as San Marino, with more cars than people, lacked a racing arena of its own.  

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