magic sand - Really?


Magic Sand Origins

Magic Sand was originally created to clean up oil spills. Magic Sand’s hydrophobic coating bonded with the oil and the whole thing sank to the bottom of the ocean. 

The idea was to scattered it across an oil spill, have it bond to the oil and repel water. As the sand bonded with the oil and to other grains of Magic Sand, this mass became heavier than the water and sank to the bottom of the ocean, taking the oil with it.

It worked well, but it too expensive to manufacture, and doubts were raised about the environmental safety of this cleanup method. 

Digging Deeper

Though the technique was too expensive, the idea of how nanoparticles make magic sand hydrophobic may help us design a new less expensive method. 

Watch the video below to get a better understanding of Magic Sand and the nanoparticles that make this sand hydrophobic before conducting the Magic Sand Nanoparticles Lab.

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Soaps will remove the hydrophobic coating from magic sand, causing it to become ordinary, hydrophilic sand.


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