Photo Gallery 'Sand Is Rarer than One Thinks'

Sand is becoming so scarce that stealing it has become an attractive business model. With residential towers rising ever higher, massive airports and fast-growing cities in places like Qatar, India and China, demand for the resource is insatiable.
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