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    Viewed at a magnification of over 250 times real life, tiny grains of sand

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    • Francine Fein

      Tiny Grains of sand, magnified 250 times real life. From Professor Gary Greenberg as published in The Daily Mail, July 2011.

    • Katy Meyer

      "Magnifying sand 250 times through a specialised microscope, we can see its true beauty. Grains are made up of crystals, shell fragments and volcanic rock – many of them in vivid colours and intricate, fantastic shapes." Image by Dr Gary Greenberg, Minnesota.

    • Lo H

      A handful of sand grains selected from a beach in Maui and arranged on a black background, magnified 250 times. Show all sand grains in the world are unique when viewed under microscope. Photo copyright Dr. Gary Greenberg.

    • Tonee Gwinn

      Beautiful, multi-shaped rocks, right? Well, no ... it's actually SAND magnified 250 times! ● ★ ● When viewed so close up, we can see the particles are crystals, spiral fragments of shells and crumbs of volcanic rock. • • • (To see more amazing pictures like this, go to

    • Morgan Lea

      Photography of grains of sand magnified by 250 times, by Gary Greenberg - nature is truly breath taking

    • Edda Kristjansdottir

      …can be amazing! These images are grains of sand magnified 250 times actual size! (images by Gary Greenberg via lost at e minor)

    • Lindsey Robins

      Here's your healthy dose of perspective for the day.... A handful of sand grains selected from a beach in Maui and arranged on a black background. Magnified 250 times. Photo copyright Dr. Gary Greenberg.

    • Kelly Costigan

      What's in a grain of sand? Now we know. The remarkable images above are grains of sand magnified 250 times over what we see with the naked eye. The particles of sand reveal themselves to be crystal pieces, spiral fragments of shells and crumbs of volcanic rock. Gorgeous! I imagine that like the snowflake, each grain of sand is unique.

    • Allison Utter

      No...way... These are grains of sand magnified...'Every time I look through my microscope I am fascinated by the complexity and individuality created by a combination of nature and the repeated tumbling of the surf on a beach.' Prof Greenberg, who searches through thousands of tiny rocks with acupuncture needles to find and arrange the most perfect specimens, then uses a painstaking technique to create his images. He has spent five years searching the globe for remarkable sand grains like

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