Geography of acoustic (musical) sands

Authors

  • G.O. Tapper Laurentian Univ, Sudbury, Canada
  • M.F. Leach Laurentian Univ, Sudbury, Canada
  • D.E. Goldsack Laurentian Univ, Sudbury, Canada

Keywords:

Acoustics, Geographical regions, Meteorology, Sand, Singing sands

Abstract

Geographically the distribution of 'musical' sands shows the phenomenon on all continents. Sites are associated with both sere desert environments and lacustrine, riverine and oceanic shorelines. Musical sands are formed by: (1) a wet cycle to 'wash' or purify the sand; (2) a dry cycle, when combined with a wet cycle create conditions under which the 'coating' (silica gel) on individual sand grains is chemically produced; (3) a 'windy' location to dry and polish the sand grains, and further, allowing a 'stacked-up' unstable position, allowing the generation of acoustic resonance upon slope failure or slip.

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Published

1997-09-01

How to Cite

1.
Tapper G, Leach M, Goldsack D. Geography of acoustic (musical) sands. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 1997 Sep. 1 [cited 2021 Oct. 17];25(3):37-. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/1102

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Section

Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada

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