13526 false false true false true true false auto false ease-in-out 100 false true trueThe San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival recently held a special screening of Sand Wars at Fort Mason’s Cowell Theater. The film, directed by Denis Delestrac, explores the world’s insatiable demand for sand, a common yet vital ingredient in building and land development. Sand is an essential material used throughout the world for land reclamation, glass making, and most importantly as an aggregate in concrete for the construction of buildings, roadways, dams, reservoirs, and a countless array of other structures. Excessive harvesting, dwindling riverbed supplies, and the shortcomings of desert sand has transformed this once abundant material into a scarce resource driving human sand extraction efforts to coastlines and the oceans. The director travels to Florida, Dubai, Singapore, and other countries highlighting the devastating environmental effects of legal and illegal sand dredging including beach erosion, death of marine life, and disappearing islands. Personally motivated by his own experiences with beach loss, Delestrac has crafted an easy to follow documentary that successfully raises awareness on the importance and consequences of over-mining an almost ubiquitous and taken for granted resource.
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