Sugar sand

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Sugar sand has several meanings:

Sugar sand, found in some areas of the Eastern United States, is a fine silt made up of ultrafine mineral sand mixed with a large percentage of organic granules. Because of its lightness it can easily form quicksand in hollows.[citation needed] Even when dry, sugar sand tends to be too light to support motor vehicles.[citation needed] The name "Sugar Sand" is used in New Jersey, Florida and the Cape Fear region of North Carolina.[citation needed] The term is also used to describe the sand on beaches in southwestern Michigan, which resembles grains of commercial sugar in size and purity.[citation needed]

Sugar sand also refers to the debris that settles in the bottom of sap once it has reached a density of 66-67% sugar content. It must be filtered out to complete the maple sugaring process.[1]

Sugar sand mud is used by Major League Baseball as an abrasive to condition new baseballs. It dulls the shiny, slick surface and softens the leather. Sugar sand mud is rubbed into new balls by hand before they are used in play.[2]


  1. ^ Blumenstock, Bud; Hopkins, Kathy (2007). "How to Tap Maple Trees and Make Maple Syrup" (PDF). The University of Maine Cooperative Extension. 
  2. ^ "Magic Mudhole Is Game’s Big Secret". The Epoch Times. 2005-09-19. Retrieved 28 December 2013.