Are We Headed for a Global Sand Shortage?
The construction industry is the #1 consumer of sand. In fact, on average, to build a house it takes about 400,000 pounds of sand. For one mile of highway it takes about 60,000 tons. Approximately 12 millions tons of sand are needed for a nuclear power plant.
A recent report by the German international broadcaster Deutsche Well (DW) (titled Could We Run Out Of Sand? ) notes that we could be headed for a shortage of this often overlooked but critical natural resource.
More sand and gravel are mined than any other material according to an indepth report by the United Nations Global Alert Service.
Because there is a finite supply, the sand market cost is increasing. The report suggests the the solution to the potential shortage of sand could be conservation of it and a decrease in our reliance on concrete.