A Grain of Sand - Nature's Secret Wonder

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Title Insurance with Family Abstract, Inc.
(Make sure to scroll to the pictures, I apologize in advance I had a hell of a time with the formatting.)
 
The Amazing Micro photography of Dr. Gary Greenberg Every grain of sand is a jewel waiting to be discovered. That's what Dr. Gary Greenberg found when he first turned his microscope on beach sand. Gem-like minerals, colorful coral fragments, and delicate microscopic shells reveal that sand comprises much more than tiny beige rocks.
 
Author and photographer Dr. Gary Greenberg is a visual artist who creatively combines art with science. He has a Ph.D. in biomedical research from University College London and holds 17 patents for high-definition 3-D light microscopes. Dr. Greenberg lives in Haiku, Hawaii.
 
Carl Sagan famously remarked "the total number of stars in the universe is greater than all the grains of sand on all the beaches on the planet Earth." It is estimated that the total number of 'all' grains of sand on the whole planet could be approximately 2000 billion billion. Scientists still believe there are more stars in the Universe.
 
And as to planets:
 
If a grain of sand represented an entire galaxy; so each grain of sand, or galaxy, contains 100’s of billions of stars, you would need to fill six rooms full of sand to contain all the galaxies in the known universe. If you drilled a tiny whole in one of the grains of sand, 'our Milky Way universe,' that would be the area that we have been capable of searching for planets so far. 534 planets have been discovered so far...
 
At the Beach, Sand grains magnified 110-250 times reveal each grain is unique. grains of sand
The tip of a spiral shell has broken off and become a grain of sand. After being repeatedly tumbled by action of the surf this spiral sand grain has become opalescent in character. It is surrounded by bits of coral, a pink shell fragment, a foram (a type of protozoa) and volcanic material. Photo copyright Dr. Gary Greenberg. grains of sand
A handful of sand grains selected from a beach in Maui and arranged on a black background. Photo copyright Dr. Gary Greenberg. sand grains
Magnified 250 times. Every grain of sand in the world is unique when viewed through a microscope. sand grains magnified
Sand Magnified 4X grains of sand
The glacially deposited sands around Lake Winnibigoshish, Minnesota, contain abundant sediments from the igneous and metamorphic minerals of the Lake Superior basin. A sample includes pink garnets, green epidote, iron-rich red agates, black  magnetite, and hematite.
magnetite, and hematite. grains of sand Puffy Stars -- Star-Shaped Sand Grains from Okinawa. These tiny foram, a type of protozoa, secrete beautiful star-shaped, calcium carbonate shells, or tests. grain of sand
 
A small grain of copper impacted into a larger grain of copper. These grains precipitated downwind of a smoke-belching copper smelter. (Magnification 110x) grain of sand Many grains of sand are tiny crystals (shiny, flat sided solids). Sand from Zushi Beach, Japan, contains what looks like a sapphire crystal. The crystal is larger than the surrounding grains and has survived eroding because of its hardness and quality. grain of sand
 
Fragments of baby sea urchin shells. Biogenic sand, which forms from the remains of marine life, is the major ingredient of many tropical beaches. (Magnification 100x) grains of sand
 
 
 
 
A magnified view of the tropical beach sand from the Caribbean island of St. John (U.S. Virgin Islands). The grains include porous fragments of brightly-colored corals, minute foraminiferan shells, fragments of sea shells and shiny, star-shaped sponge spicules. stars in the Universe.
 
Now, if you could say that you have more buyers than Grains of Sand and more sellers than the Stars in the Universe, I will be sure to send Dr. Greenberg to your home and magnify you 300 times. And remember I want to insure them ALL! With all our "Family Abstract" best, I hope you enjoyed this,
 
Glenn
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Comments (4)

John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Glenn,  I love the perspective and the analogies used here.  It kind of makes us feel humbled and small and yet we are here, alive, thinking creatures occupying an earth perfectly acclimated just for us.  Earth being exactly far enough from our sun to allow an atmosphere suitable life, tilted precisely for the seasons and a moon to compliment the sun.  Yeah, I'm constantly in awe! Great photography as well!

Mar 21, 2013 02:06 AM
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

John, I feel the EXACT same way!!

Mar 21, 2013 02:15 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

I don't know Glenn, some people see sand-I see gorgeous jewelry!!! And yes, how insignificant we are when you put this into context...

Mar 21, 2013 02:22 AM
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

Joanna, I think shells in Yiddush is Jewely, no?

Mar 21, 2013 02:34 AM