This is What Sand Magnified Up to 300x Looks Like [Photos]

You can see the beauty in a wildflower, as well as in a tiny grain of sand. If you seek additional evidence, look to Dr. Gary Greenberg’s work.

Greenberg is a fascinating individual. Until the age of 33, he worked as a photographer and filmmaker. But then, he moved from LA to London and earned a Ph.D. in biomedical research. His curiosity for the natural world and his background in photography led him to develop the high-definition 3D microscope. As a result, he now has 18 patents under his name.

With the invention, Greenberg can photograph grains of sand up to 300x magnification. The photographs reveal that even minute aspects of Creation are beautiful.

Following are 10+ photographs of magnified sand:

South Point on the Big Island of Hawai’i is the most southerly point of land in the United States and the source of this sand. These translucent green grains are olivine. At South Point on Mauna Loa’s southwest rift, the pounding surf erodes a forty-nine-thousand-year-old volcanic cinder cone made of olivine. As the cone erodes, the olivine crystals become beach sand. Very few beaches consist of pure olivine; however, if there is olivine in a sand, that indicates it is a volcanic region. The deep-red grain (upper left) is volcanic rock. Magnified 250 times.
The beach at Plum Island, Rowley, Massachusetts, the northernmost barrier island in the United States, gets its pink color from garnets in the sand. As garnet is denser than most other sand grains, it gets left behind as the waves sweep the less dense material farther away. Magnified 60 times.
These roundish grains are ooids, grains of calcium carbonate that precipitated from the ocean water along margins of the Great Bahama Bank, one of three areas in the world where ooids are actively being formed. These are from Joulter Cays, located about ten miles north of Andros Island in the Bahamas. The shallow water over the bank results in strong tidal currents; this keeps the ooids in near-constant motion and results in carbonate precipitation around the grains. Magnified 75 times.
These tiny, glassy orange spherules originate from a fire-fountain volcano that erupted over 3.8 billion years ago. Apollo 17 astronauts discovered this “orange soil” on the rim of Shorty Crater in the Taurus Littrow Valley. Magnified 340 times.
Here is a collection of particles isolated from lunar dust collected from the Fra Mauro Formation during the Apollo 14 mission. All three particles were formed during a meteor strike. The dark gray particle on the top left is clearly agglutinate, in which smaller particles have become encased in impact melt glass. The other two are more breccia like, the particles welded together during impact. Magnified 240 times.
(TINY MICRO SHELLS) Microscopic shells are the size of tiny grain of sand (magnified 300 times).
(ERODED QUARTZ CRYSTAL) These tiny grains of sand have eroded over hundreds of millions of years and their original crystal shape is not longer seen (magnified 100 times).
(BELGIAN SAND) A piece of industrial slag becomes a black and blue sand grain on a quartz beach in Belgium (magnification 100 times)
TAMARINDO SAND GRAIN) A grain of sand from Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica, is made of chabazite, a glassy cubic mineral.
(A TINY SAPPHIRE) Sand from Japan contains what looks like a sapphire crystal (magnified 150 times)
(MASK SAND) A single grain of sand from the island of Corsica, France, looks like a mask (magnification 150 times).
(SQUARE SAND) A square-shaped shell fragment is found amidst sand from Masaya, Nicaragua (magnification 80 times)
(HAMOA SPONGE SPICULE) Sand from Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii, contains a fragment of a sponge spicule that forms the internal skeleton of a glassy sponge (magnified 100 times).
(MICA FRAGMENT) A small piece of mica from Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, is magnified 100 times
(MAKENA BLACK & RED) Glassy red and black volcanic sand grains are found in the sand from Makena Point, Maui, Hawaii (magnification 100 times).