Today an old dream became reality: the World Atlas of Sands came into life in printed form!!! The book is simply called “World Atlas of Sands” and it has the suffix “Vol. 1” because it is part of a series of more volumes with the topic SAND. This first book is just a compilation of 140 microphotographs as you can see them on the Sand Microphotography library on my website. The next volumes will include more text and will be dedicated to various “sandy themes”: country profiles, sand mineralogy, sand colors etc. Anyway, I feel enormously happy for the first edition, even if the book has been issue in… one exemplar only.

World Atlas of Sands - Vol. 1 Sand macro photography
My first book about sand…

The book was printed as “photo book” by a specialized company. What is to mention here is the great print quality and the exceptionally  quick delivery. I uploaded the PDF file on Sunday evening (I made the layout by myself) and the book arrived today, Tuesday morning (execution and delivery in less than two days!!!!). The quality is amazing, I can highly recommend Saal Digital for printing your own photo books. And here is an example of the inside pages as exported image from the PDF file:

Example of inner pages

Today I just ordered a new book about beaches of the world after I saw a review note on Michael Welland‘s great website. The book is called “The World’s Beaches: A Global Guide to the Science of the Shorelines” and, as I couldn’t find it on the, I ordered it from the US store for about 20 EUR including taxes and shipping. I am looking very forward to it, delivery time shall be somewhere between September 25 – October 14.

This is the book’s description on the University of California Press website:

“Take this book to the beach; it will open up a whole new world. Illustrated throughout with color photographs, maps, and graphics, it explores one of the planet’s most dynamic environments—from tourist beaches to Arctic beaches strewn with ice chunks to steaming hot tropical shores. The World’s Beaches tells how beaches work, explains why they vary so much, and shows how dramatic changes can occur on them in a matter of hours. It discusses tides, waves, and wind; the patterns of dunes, washover fans, and wrack lines; and the shape of berms, bars, shell lags, cusps, ripples, and blisters. What is the world’s longest beach? Why do some beaches sing when you walk on them? Why do some have dark rings on their surface and tiny holes scattered far and wide? This fascinating, comprehensive guide also considers the future of beaches, and explains how extensively people have affected them—from coastal engineering to pollution, oil spills, and rising sea levels.”

The sands of Croatia


With almost 6,000 km of coastline (about 2,000 km on mainland and another 4,000 km on the islands), Croatia is a great destination for sand collecting freaks. We just returned from a three-week holiday in which we drove 4,900 km and camped in several places along the Croatian coast. Of course I had my collecting kit with me all the time: zip-lock baggies of different sizes, GPS and a small log book. However, I was surprised to notice that Croatia almost has no sandy beaches at all. The beaches are usually located in small coves at the foot of limestone cliffs and are mostly rocky or pebbled (due to this fact, the water is extremely clean and transparent).

Typical pebbled beach in Croatia

But there are some sandy beaches too in Croatia. The website Beaches of Croatia is listing some of the best sandy spots where you can get a sun burn or new samples for your collection. Following their suggestions but also our itinerary I could gather about 20 new samples, some of them in bigger amounts too. Photos and more sandy stories will follow soon, right now the sands are drying and waiting to be filled in vials.

Sands collected in Croatia

Several weeks ago I received a sand sample from Istria, Croatia. Unfortunately I don’t have any more details about the location but the sample got my attention nowadays due to a small label that said: “Foraminifera”. So just from curiosity I made several photos and, indeed, there are plenty of small foraminifera inside! The photos below are just 4 mm wide so you can imagine the real size of the individual particles (click on the thumbnail to see the bigger image – real size: 8 mm width).

Our trekking tour this weekend was very close to the CZ-DE border between Decin and Petrovice (CZ). When we stopped for a small break I just noticed two boulders of sandstone looking very, very old. We stopped the car and I had a closer look. The stones were very strong weathered revealing also beautiful layers of colored sands.

I used the plastic spoon that I had with me to collect six different samples from a single location without disturbing in any way the original rock (just got the loose sand at the bottom of the rock). The sands have been already dried now and entered my Sand Atlas collection together with the other samples from Sächsische Schweiz described in the post below (in case of samples collected this weekend, the area belongs to the Bohemian Switzerland Mountains).