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The World Is Slowly Running Out Of Sand

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I never thought of sand as a non-renewable resource, but there's only a limited supply: and to make things worse, it keeps getting washed into the sea. At Cape May, New Jersey, the US Army Corps of Engineers have just finished rebuilding a beach: here's why. Thanks to the folks from the Corps for showing me around! There's more about their project here: http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Factsheets/Fact-Sheet-Article-View/Article/490778/new-jersey-shore-protection-cape-may-inlet-to-lower-township/ I'm at http://tomscott.com on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tomscott and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo CAMERA AND DRONE OP: Osprey Perspectives, http://www.ospreyperspectives.com/ EDITOR: Michelle Martin, @mrsmmartin And thanks to Elmo Keep for linking to the article that inspired this video! REFERENCES: Leatherman, S., Zhang, K. and Douglas, B. (2000). Sea level rise shown to drive coastal erosion. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 81(6), p.55. Peduzzi, P. (2014). Sand, rarer than one thinks. Environmental Development / United Nations Environmental Program, 11, pp.208-218. : http://www.unep.org/pdf/UNEP_GEAS_March_2014.pdf Zhang, G., Song, J., Yang, J. and Liu, X. (2006). Performance of mortar and concrete made with a fine aggregate of desert sand. Building and Environment, 41(11), pp.1478-1481. Beiser, V. (2015). The Deadly Global War for Sand. Wired. https://www.wired.com/2015/03/illegal-sand-mining/ Beiser, V. (2016). The World’s Disappearing Sand. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/23/opinion/the-worlds-disappearing-sand.html
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Tom Scott (1 year ago)
Pull down the description for links, references, and details on this one - and thanks again to all the folks who went out of their way to make this happen!
Shawn G (11 months ago)
How did you find out this was a thing? I've never even heard of this.
Grz349 (1 year ago)
good video, you've slightly characterised concrete though, the best concrete has a mix from small rocks to fine sand to minimise the use of cement
Grand_er (1 year ago)
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apok578 (1 year ago)
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Matthijs de Rijk (1 year ago)
just watch a video if you want an answer to that question... because that is a huge part of the problem
xd McWayz (13 days ago)
lmao i bet there is about 20 zillion sands in the world
Christopher Dibbs (29 days ago)
Australia exports its sand to Hawaii and Saudi Arabia. Those two countries are better because of it. We also export camels to Saudi Arabia.
Brickskid (1 month ago)
Remember Trump, climat change isnt real.
First name Last name (1 month ago)
"People have been killed over sand" *e x c u s e m e w h a t t h e f u c k*
we just need to find a new desert
Stonedude123 (2 months ago)
"Entire islands going missing-" "Yo John, wasn't there an island out there?" *pushing wheel barrel* "Nah dude, totally just your imagination!"
The Strayan (2 months ago)
China is stealing it and building islands
Ardissa Puji Susanto (3 months ago)
plenty sands in dessert
Alex (3 months ago)
"Dune" but it's about the actual sand
JohnnyDaPrankstaGangsta (3 months ago)
The army engineer never said “rising sea levels” as Tom did, he just mentioned storms. Does he not believe in global warming or does he just think the main objective of sand pumping is to minimize storm damage?
Tim pepper (3 months ago)
SAND MAFIA the most savage thing ever
wisemanow (3 months ago)
Still got sand in 2018...
GLITTERPRINCESS (4 months ago)
sharpen the guillotines boys
Apurv Jadhav (4 months ago)
Construction industry doesn't use beach sand. They use river sand or crushed stone.
Wouter Vogelzang (6 months ago)
Darude sandgone
Jozias Klippermann (6 months ago)
Another good example of Malthusian thinking. It is only a matter of time before someone finds a way to use available other types of sands for desired applications or even invents ways to make bigger grains out of small grains of sand.
Radu C (6 months ago)
That mans... you CAN make a successful business selling sand in the Sahara then
RoerBakei (6 months ago)
You heard it folks. Buy as many buildings as possible. You'll be billionares in a few years
The title is misleading.
TheBald1 (6 months ago)
Well when you need more just come clean my door mats out
The Kehwanna Coast (6 months ago)
Great. How am I supposed to make sandwiches now? *Bun-dun-tiss*
Vocaso Galvani (7 months ago)
Just get a stack of sand in creative mode, and go back to survival.
Fadil Mujezin (7 months ago)
Oh no sand...
Jlipper (7 months ago)
As someone who lives in New Jersey, this is all quite scary.
Julian Baxter (7 months ago)
Impressive, most impressive.
MengerSpongeBob (7 months ago)
I've been to Cape May. I have fond memories of that place.
Juho Maksimainen (7 months ago)
Anakin'll be happy
Dafoodmaster (7 months ago)
cant you melt down the desert sand and re-grind it to cement grain size?
0MindSwept0 (7 months ago)
I don't even like the beach...
Harold Smith (7 months ago)
how? isn't Sand eroded rock?
sarowie (7 months ago)
Relocating the houses away from the beach is off-course a non-option. Every one wants to life near the beach, so pushing out the beach is the only option.
Nathan Ventura (8 months ago)
I've been on that beach, there's a nude section.
bradley morgan (8 months ago)
why don't we just taker the ocean, and push it somewhere else?
Hari Shankar (8 months ago)
The sand mafia is a real pain in the arse in India. They've killed countless bureaucrats and journalist to protect their operations.
Martin Smouter (8 months ago)
The world doesn't run out of sand it travels to other places, but the dutch don't like that
chan yoon jun (8 months ago)
We are running out of sand. This is a problem, isn't it? How can we solve it?
Kim Jong-Un (8 months ago)
I dont like sand
Luxray1000 (8 months ago)
This is where the fun begins.
Monking Flame (8 months ago)
We actualy developed an alternative using sand from desert a while ago. polymer concrete has a lot of upsites over regular concrete but when you build big you want to build save so you don´t risk using a new material unless you have to or someones done it before you.
derweibhai (9 months ago)
Why the hell are we spending tax dollars to save New Jersey?..................
A Mefta (9 months ago)
Good because I don't like sand. It's coarse, rough and irritating and it gets everywhere!
Kammak Richerson (9 months ago)
So we're not running out of sand at all, it's merely going some place else!
Hydrast (9 months ago)
Anakin is probably getting hyped and is celebrating like crazy.
illegal2 illegal2 (9 months ago)
Does it cost more money to just reuse old cement? is it easy just to keep using sand and is cheaper?
Ivan Starostenko (9 months ago)
Who needs sand anyway?
Angela Gem (9 months ago)
Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plaugeis the wise?
SmexySpooderman (9 months ago)
Anakin Skywalker would be happy ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Ommallaredpanda (9 months ago)
Just go find Tatooine.
Spencer Hansen (10 months ago)
Anakin would be pleased
cording Comic (10 months ago)
Anikan:This a happy moment,the happiest moment of my life
AngelousSpike (10 months ago)
dont live on the coast of anywhere and you will be good
JordanPLAYZGAMEZ Ye (10 months ago)
anakin is happy
Soviet Onion (10 months ago)
I can just imagine Anakin's ghost saying Yes to this video
- SlapperTV - (10 months ago)
“Anakin slowly smiles”
Joe King (10 months ago)
If there are more stars in the sky than grains of sand in the world, why not just use stars? 🤔
『Refined Autism』 (10 months ago)
Sand is sterile
أَحْمَد (10 months ago)
Mate go to Arabia!
Tiara Khalaj-Zadeh (10 months ago)
Who came here from the Anakin Skywalker meme
Daniel Huffman (4 months ago)
I came just to find it.
Kayla Nicole (10 months ago)
Breezeshadow (10 months ago)
Me xD
Jeffrey D. (11 months ago)
Anakin is smiling.
Nh Productions (11 months ago)
Anakin is happy
Stu Pot (11 months ago)
Anakin Skywalker would approve of this
liveduckling 992 (11 months ago)
Anakin Skywalker: YESSSSS!
nosegrind v (11 months ago)
imagine if the polar icecaps melt, we will have all of antartica, greenland, and siberia to live on, hooray!
The Terrarian (11 months ago)
"hundreds of people have been killed over sand." damn humans and their sand...
The Bobantor (11 months ago)
Anyone here from iFunny?
Doing stuff in Slowmo (11 months ago)
iFunny? Anyone?
Ganesha卍卐Stevie (11 months ago)
There's already sand wars & dis-info, you even believe the sea levels are rising. There not that's just cover up, sand gets scooped out by billions of tons, shores slide into ocean to level off, it then appears sea levels rise. Sand men blame "rising sea level" sand men keep jobs.
JokeyMcJokester1337 (11 months ago)
*T A K E A S E A T*
Generic Name (1 year ago)
Can't you just grind rocks?
weefyman (1 year ago)
Hempcrete, solved.
Subject4589 (1 year ago)
Hey, here's an idea on how to reduce the impact of naturally eroding beaches; DON'T FECKING LIVE RIGHT NEXT TO THEM.
bipola telly (1 year ago)
sea levels aren't rising.
Zachary Castleberry (1 year ago)
r/PrequelMemes anybody?
1 IN THE STINK (1 year ago)
If we seal our buttcracks before heading to the beach, we just might save extinction as we know it.
ollie Richards (1 year ago)
is it possible that sea level rise is down to more ships in the sea?
Joseph Rehkopf (1 year ago)
Um its hear in glamis and dines
profd65 (1 year ago)
They spent an enormous amount of public money to protect a handful of private mansions.
(1 year ago)
I literally never thought about: Will earth run out of sand, But hey tom is here!
via lactea (1 year ago)
you need sand? come into my house after i go to the beach.
Naromiki's Animations (1 year ago)
Wow, people are making Anakins dreams true
Simon Ruszczak (1 year ago)
Sea levels are not rising.
Tyler Ruden (1 year ago)
Why do you only wear red shirts? Do you only have 1?
Andy Pieters (1 year ago)
You cite a 17 yo study. Nothing more recent?
Hallucinogenichusky (1 year ago)
This simple isnt true and the data is flawed....drawing boared tom
Bellerophon2200 (1 year ago)
Wow! You're in my neck of the woods Scott!
Jebron Lames (1 year ago)
We need to stop that lady that eats sand
Mencemeat (1 year ago)
i know it's edgy but all that money could have been better spent elsewhere
Aquarius (1 year ago)
Glad we're not running out of memes.
Juan World Travel (1 year ago)
Sand mafia, eh. "You come to me on this, the day of my daughters wedding...and ask for sand"
jadyv (1 year ago)
Tom i love your videos !
The world in green (1 year ago)
30000 tons of sand for 1km of road the continent wont ahve anything to sit on soon
blazerlazer (1 year ago)
i didn't expect to hear the words "sand mafia" in my life
Maximus Midnight (1 year ago)
"Hundreds of people have been killed over sand". Definitely one of the weirdest things I've ever heard.
The Humungus (1 year ago)
I never thought I would hear of Illegal sand mining and murderous black market sand mafias who kill hundreds of people before.
The Humungus (1 year ago)
I blame the hourglass industry.
Michael (1 year ago)
How much sand is in the ocean? Once they can't get it from the beaches the only place to really turn is going to be sand from the ocean itself so the ocean floor will be mined for sand. That should wipe out a lot of species. What fun. 😐
Anakin Skywalker (1 year ago)
I can die in peace now
YajlaeH (1 year ago)
Anakin is happy right now.
Julian Baxter (1 year ago)
This is where the fun begins!

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