Ooid Is A Type Of Sand That Grows

Sand is a term for worn down fragments of any material. Gravel has a diameter bigger than 2mm, and silt is smaller than 0.063mm; anything in between is sand. Ooid, however, is the only sand that accretes rather than erodes. It accumulates calcium in the ocean until it is a grain the size of a pin tip.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Sand can be any material that has been worn down until it's reduced to tiny fragments. 00:17

  2. Silt is just sand that is finer than 0.063mm (0.0025in) in diameter. 00:27

  3. Ooid is the only sand that accretes rather than erodes. 01:40

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