5/15/2006

Sand (suna)

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Sand (suna)

***** Location: Japan, worldwide
***** Season: Non-seasonal Topic
***** Category: Earth


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Explanation

Sand on the beach, sand in the desert ...

Usually, there is no plural version of SAND.

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Some mass nouns can be pluralized, but the meaning thereof may change slightly. For example, when I have two pieces of sand, I do not have two sands; I have sand. There is more sand in your pile, not more sands. However, there could be many “sands of Africa”—either many distinct stretches of sand, or distinct types of sand of interest to geologists or builders, or simply the allusive sands of Africa.
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Sand is a naturally occurring granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles.

As the term is used by geologists, sand particles range in diameter from 0.0625 (or 1⁄16 mm) to 2 millimeters. An individual particle in this range size is termed a sand grain. The next smaller size class in geology is silt: particles smaller than 0.0625 mm down to 0.004 mm in diameter. The next larger size class above sand is gravel, with particles ranging from 2 mm up to 64 mm (see particle size for standards in use).

Sand feels gritty when rubbed between the fingers (silt, by comparison, feels like flour). Sand is commonly divided into five sub-categories based on size: very fine sand (1/16 - 1/8 mm diameter), fine sand (1/8 mm - 1/4 mm), medium sand (1/4 mm - 1/2 mm), coarse sand (1/2 mm - 1 mm), and very coarse sand (1 mm - 2 mm).


More in the WIKIPEDIA !



Some kind of sand can also be used a kigo, see below.


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Worldwide use

India

bare feet
on wet sands
reminiscing


Dr. Vidur Jyoti, April 2008

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Kenya


. Sand harvesting, sand mining  


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Things found on the way



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HAIKU




surviving in wind
surviving in sand
just plain surviving

Look at more beach flowers from Gabi Greve, 2005



beach park -
these grains of sand look
really different

 © Gabi Greve, Yonago Beach 2007



drying seaweed -
these dancing shadows
on the sand

More SAND haiku by Gabi Greve


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I have witnessed the first dust storm I can remember in 45 years. I was returning from Taos to Albuguerque, New Mexico, when the winds whipped up dust from the desert around Santa Fe. This region is currently in a drought which has been exacerbated by housing development water usage lowering the water table and making the already dry desert, drier!
Again, an example of the connectivity of ecosystems.

dust storm -- grit in the tequila sunset*

*please forgive my play on words, but, the drink is really called a teguila sunrise... I just wanted a tie-in with sunset and dust causing the sky to redden similar to the layers of color in the drink

"chibi" (pen-name for Dennis M. Holmes)

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take roots
like a strange tree
the sand
already red


Heike Gewi, Yemen, May 2008


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Related words

***** Yellow Sand, koosa 黄砂
kigo for spring

also called
raining sand, tsuchi furi 土降り
..... bai 霾(ばい)
sand storm, sajin arashi 砂じんあらし(さじんあらし)
suna arashi 砂あらし(すなあらし)

strong currents brought the yellow sand from the Gobi desert in China.
Yellow sand blows into Japan from deserts in China and Mongolia each spring, sometimes reaching Kyoto and impeding the visibility of things.

On the other hand, a Japan-China research team says yellow sand helps cool off the Earth.
Yellow Sand in Japan . Daily Yomiuri Newspaper, May. 10, 2006)

The Gobi Desert
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobi

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yellow sand
drifts in the valley
ear, nose and throat

Gabi Greve, Japan, April 2006

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 つちふるや大和の寺の太柱  
tsuchi furu ya Yamato no tera no daibashira

yellow sand is falling -
the huge pillars of temples
in Yamato
(Tr. Gabi Greve)

大峯あきら Oomine Akira

Yamato is the area in Central Japan where the old capital of Nara is located. It is famous for its many old beautiful temples.



  鳥影も霾る淡き仏訪ふ  
大岳水一路


  黄砂ふる日を曼荼羅にぬかづきぬ  
吉田汀史

More Japanese haiku are here:
http://h-mishima.cocolog-nifty.com/yukijuku/2006/04/post_e271.html

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「龍王や 黄砂に霞む 大和かな」
Ryuuoo ya koosa ni kasumu yamato kana



Dragon King Mountain !
the yellow sand hangs all over
the Yamato plain

H. Asao
http://www1.kcn.ne.jp/~h-asao/page138.html

龍王山(585.7m)Ryuuoo-San, a mountain in the Yamato Plain.


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***** hot sand, nessa 熱砂 (ねっさ)
burning sand, yakesuna 灼け砂(やけすな)
sand is burning, suna yakuru 砂灼くる(すなやくる)

kigo for late summer



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***** Desert, sand desert
Yemen Saijiki

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http://worldkigodatabase.blogspot.com/

3 comments:

Brett said...

winter beach -
the sand has stiffen'd
to a crunch




- brett brady

Brett said...

cold sand -
she deepens her old
footprints

Brett said...

ex-monk
raking gently over
the sandtrap