By Gary Greenberg
"To see an international in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower. to carry infinity within the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour."
William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence" 1805
Here is the realm seen inside of a grain of sand, because of the lovely three-d microphotography of Dr. Gary Greenberg. to a couple, all sand seems alike--countless grains in an unlimited expanse of seashore. glance closer--much closer--and your view of sand isn't an identical. applying the glorious microphotographic options that he constructed, Greenberg invitations readers to find the unusual and lovely international that every grain of sand comprises.
Here are the sands of Hawaii and Tahiti, the Sahara and the Poles, a volcano, each one exquisitely assorted, and every telling a desirable geological tale. crimson sand and yellow, white sand and black, making a song sand and quicksand: Greenbergs photographs demonstrate the delicate variations of their colours, textures, sizes, and shapes. And as this infinitesimal global unfolds so does an exciting rationalization of ways each one grain of sand starts off and kinds and unearths itself in a selected position, one in all one billion and one among a kind.
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