War sand

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War sand is sand contaminated by remains of projectiles used in war. This kind of sand has been found in Normandy, since the invasion of Normandy, among other places.[1] In 1988, the sand on Omaha Beach was discovered to contain man-made metal and glass particles deriving from shrapnel; 4% of the sand in the sample was composed of shrapnel particles. Researchers also discovered iron and glass beads in the sand, originating from munitions explosions.[2]


  1. ^ "Microscopic Images of the Sands of Normandy Show Presence of War Sand". SciTech Daily. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ McBride, Earle F.; Picard, M. Dane (September 2011). "Shrapnel in Omaha Beach sand". The Sedimentary Record. Retrieved 5 January 2013.