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Countless fish and birds are being killed by river sand mining in India while miners have torn up hundreds of acres of forest in Vietnam to get at the sandnbspunderneath according to investigative journalist VincenbspBeiser.Get A Quote
Countless fish and birds are being killed by river sand mining in India, while miners have torn up hundreds of acres of forest in Vietnam to get at the sandnbspunderneath, according to investigative journalist VincenbspBeiser.
Extracting sand isnbspestimated to benbspa US70 billion global industry according to the United Nations, and more than 40 billion tonnes of sand and gravel are estimatednbspto be extracted every year.
Its what modern cities are made of the main ingredient in concrete buildings and asphalt roads,nbspcomputer screens and microchips.nbsp
Mining New Zealand is known for its picturesque landscapes and naturally fresh water. So, its surprising how large the mining industry is. A majority of New Zealands mining industry is made up of gold and coal mining. In the beginning, the New Zealand stock exchange was driven by
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Sand is being described as one the most importantnbspcommodities of the 21st century.
The L.A.-based writer is about to publish a book about the globalnbspmarket for sand a market he says has been fuelled by an explosion in urban growth, especially across the developing world, over the last 20 to 30 years.
Today there are four billion people living in cities ... cities are growing at a rate and on a scale that has never happened before.
When you have development going on at such an incredibly rapid pace, and weak laws protecting the environment, then you have people just stripping riverbeds and beaches bare to sell those sand grains to developers, to people who are building Shanghai and Mumbai and so on.
While thenbspworld may seem to havenbspan abundantnbspsupply of this sought-after commodity, soaring demand has seen beaches and riverbeds in some parts of the world stripped, tonbspdevastating effect. In Indonesia, more than 20 islands are believed to have disappeared in just the last 20 years due to sand mining.