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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 (2 years 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 (1 year 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 (2 years ago)
Tom Scott i
Matthijs de Rijk (2 years ago)
just watch a video if you want an answer to that question... because that is a huge part of the problem
Alex Toast (4 days ago)
Stop making hourglasses, save the time
IABI TV (14 days ago)
Never knew that the video that makes Anakin happy came from Tom Scott of all people
Owly123 (15 days ago)
*Anakin Skywalker Approves*
Andie (26 days ago)
Yo, I vacation there all the time. This just got weird.
Mitchel Cooper (1 month ago)
Beach sand is not the same kind of sand that is used in construction. Construction sand is mined from inland locations.
Motivator Warrior (2 months ago)
2 years later, nothing has become any better...sad. I try to stress to ppl. and they say, "You think too much."
A Boy (3 months ago)
just duplicate the sand with pistons
MrCatFace 8885 (4 months ago)
That's how sand mafia works
Neurotic Sos (4 months ago)
is that why some beaches stink? theyre made from pollution ocean sand?
Chronic Plu (5 months ago)
lmao i bet there is about 20 zillion sands in the world
Christopher Dibbs (6 months 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.
Space Colossus (6 months ago)
Remember Trump, climat change isnt real.
Japanese Nyarlathotep (6 months 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 (7 months ago)
"Entire islands going missing-" "Yo John, wasn't there an island out there?" *pushing wheel barrel* "Nah dude, totally just your imagination!"
China is stealing it and building islands
Ardissa Puji Susanto (8 months ago)
plenty sands in dessert
Alex (8 months ago)
"Dune" but it's about the actual sand
JohnnyDaPrankstaGangsta (8 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?
Tymekx0 (8 months ago)
SAND MAFIA the most savage thing ever
wisemanow (8 months ago)
Still got sand in 2018...
GLITTERPRINCESS (9 months ago)
sharpen the guillotines boys
Apurv Jadhav (9 months ago)
Construction industry doesn't use beach sand. They use river sand or crushed stone.
Wouter Vogelzang (11 months ago)
Darude sandgone
Julius Fučík (11 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 (11 months ago)
That mans... you CAN make a successful business selling sand in the Sahara then
RoerBakei (11 months ago)
You heard it folks. Buy as many buildings as possible. You'll be billionares in a few years
Joseph Russel Timpug Ison (11 months ago)
The title is misleading.
TheBald1 (1 year ago)
Well when you need more just come clean my door mats out
The Kehwanna Coast (1 year ago)
Great. How am I supposed to make sandwiches now? *Bun-dun-tiss*
Vocaso Galvani (1 year ago)
Just get a stack of sand in creative mode, and go back to survival.
Fadil Mujezin (1 year ago)
Oh no sand...
Jlipper (1 year ago)
As someone who lives in New Jersey, this is all quite scary.
Julian Baxter (1 year ago)
Impressive, most impressive.
MengerSpongeBob (1 year ago)
I've been to Cape May. I have fond memories of that place.
Juho Maksimainen (1 year ago)
Anakin'll be happy
Dafoodmaster (1 year ago)
cant you melt down the desert sand and re-grind it to cement grain size?
0MindSwept0 (1 year ago)
I don't even like the beach...
Harold Smith (1 year ago)
how? isn't Sand eroded rock?
sarowie (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
I've been on that beach, there's a nude section.
bradley morgan (1 year ago)
why don't we just taker the ocean, and push it somewhere else?
Hari Shankar (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
The world doesn't run out of sand it travels to other places, but the dutch don't like that
chan yoon jun (1 year ago)
We are running out of sand. This is a problem, isn't it? How can we solve it?
Kim Jong-Un (1 year ago)
I dont like sand
Luxray1000 (1 year ago)
This is where the fun begins.
Monking Flame (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Why the hell are we spending tax dollars to save New Jersey?..................
A Mefta (1 year ago)
Good because I don't like sand. It's coarse, rough and irritating and it gets everywhere!
KunniK (1 year ago)
So we're not running out of sand at all, it's merely going some place else!
Hydrast (1 year ago)
Anakin is probably getting hyped and is celebrating like crazy.
illegal2 illegal2 (1 year ago)
Does it cost more money to just reuse old cement? is it easy just to keep using sand and is cheaper?
Who needs sand anyway?
Angela Gem (1 year ago)
Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plaugeis the wise?
StewartOrigsYT (1 year ago)
Anakin Skywalker would be happy ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Ommallaredpanda (1 year ago)
Just go find Tatooine.
Spencer Hansen (1 year ago)
Anakin would be pleased
CordingComic (1 year ago)
Anikan:This a happy moment,the happiest moment of my life
AngelousSpike (1 year ago)
dont live on the coast of anywhere and you will be good
All Hail Jordan (1 year ago)
anakin is happy
Soviet Onion (1 year ago)
I can just imagine Anakin's ghost saying Yes to this video
- SlapperTV - (1 year ago)
“Anakin slowly smiles”
Joe King (1 year ago)
If there are more stars in the sky than grains of sand in the world, why not just use stars? 🤔
『Refined Autism』 (1 year ago)
Sand is sterile
أَحْمَد (1 year ago)
Mate go to Arabia!
Tiara Khalaj-Zadeh (1 year ago)
Who came here from the Anakin Skywalker meme
Daniel Huffman (9 months ago)
I came just to find it.
Kayla Nicole (1 year ago)
Meeeeee
Fairfax (1 year ago)
Me xD
Sodium (1 year ago)
Anakin is smiling.
Nh Productions (1 year ago)
Anakin is happy
Stu Pot (1 year ago)
Anakin Skywalker would approve of this
live 992 (1 year ago)
Anakin Skywalker: YESSSSS!
nosegrind v (1 year ago)
imagine if the polar icecaps melt, we will have all of antartica, greenland, and siberia to live on, hooray!
The Terrarian (1 year ago)
"hundreds of people have been killed over sand." damn humans and their sand...
The Bobantor (1 year ago)
Anyone here from iFunny?
Doing stuff in Slowmo (1 year ago)
iFunny? Anyone?
Ganesha卍卐Stevie (1 year 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.
Jokeymcjokester (1 year ago)
*T A K E A S E A T*
de sp (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 !

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