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Grains of sand magnified over 250 times... Wow.

(S{PONGE SPICULES WITH SPIRAL SAND GRAIN 2) Three sponge spicules surround a blue spiral sand grain. Sponge spicules are the internal skeleton of most species of sponges. They are made of silica.

Yanping Wang, of the Beijing Planetarium in Beijing, China, took this surprisingly gorgeous shot of sand - yes, that’s SAND - at 4X magnification, using reflected light. He took 14th place in the Nikon Small World Photography Contest.>>> Gives a new perspective to walking on the beach!

Gary Greenberg photographs the world, one grain of sand at a time, in A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder

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We were in grade school, he asked me with curiosity, "Where do you live?" I then replied, "Somewhere in this world".

microscopic image of the cross section of a sapling.

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