It is called sand to all the particles of siliceous
rocks and other activities which tend to accumulate on the coast. These
disaggregated particles, which measure from 0.063 to 2
millimeters, are called grains of sand.
the sand is the main component of the beaches: the lands
that are on the banks of a river, a sea or another body of water. Grains are
transported by water and wind and, depending on how they accumulate, they can
form dunes or dunes.
On most beaches, the sand is formed from silicas. However, there is sand that
is made up of limestone, gypsum, iron and other substances. According to its
components, the sand can have different colors: from white to
black, going through different brown and reddish tones.
On the beaches, children often use the sand to build castles. With
the help of a shovel, buckets and water, it is possible to
erect small walls and other structures. When the sand dries up, the castles lose
their shape and collapse.
Sand is also present in deserts. In this case, the
particles are not in contact with the water, but the climate is very dry and
arid. Deserts are also characterized by the absence of vegetation.
Arena, on the other hand, is a term used to name the venue where
different events take place. Boxing matches, basketball games, concerts and
other shows can be organized in the arena. An example of this type of space is
the HSBC Arena, also called the Multiuse Arena do Rio,
which is located in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro and
was used in the 2007 Pan American Games, among other
Although the first image that comes to mind when we hear "sandcastles" is our
childhood on the beach, with plastic buckets and shovels, letting ourselves be
carried away by the imagination and outlining simple structures that
- at best - We were worth a series of compliments from our elders, there is a
field of competition that has little to do with this children's picture, and it
takes place in various parts of the world.
The sandcastle competitions are numbered in more than twenty and
some of the sculptures are so impressive that when looking at their photographs
many doubt about their legitimacy: both because of their dimensions and the
degree of detail, it is hard to believe that anyone is capable
of get such realistic and consistent finishes.
It is worth mentioning that beyond the title, these events do not focus
exclusively on the construction of sand castles themselves,
but usually impose themes to guide their participants; some of the most common
are "fairy tales", "dinosaurs" and "current social problems".
One of the most important internationally is the The Sun & Sea Festival
of the Sun and the Sea) in Imperial Beach, California, United States. It
started in the 1960s and gradually became a true tradition of the
place. Participants in each category, both adult and children's, have several
hours to make their sculptures. On the other hand, the event includes
an international food fair, a market, musical performances and parades, among
In the United Kingdom there is the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival,
which originated in early 2006 following the impressive work of two Dutch
sculptors, who replicated the figure of King Kong using 3,000
kilos of sand. In a short time it became one of the most important local events,
and receives visits from various parts of the world.