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written by Patrick L. Barry
This site presents an article from Science@NASA describing the physics concepts related to building sand castles, sand in earthquakes, and other interesting physical properties of wet sand. A NASA shuttle mission in 2002 carried wet sand into space and returned with valuable lessons for physicists, some of which are shared here. The user can listen to the article via streaming audio or a downloadable file. This web page also offers animations of sand during earthquakes and links to other related sites.
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General Physics
- Properties of Matter
- Informal Education
- Reference Material
- Audio/Visual
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Physics To Go This resource was a Physics To Go feature from September 16, 2009 until October 1, 2009. View the feature here!

Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2002 NASA
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Keywords: earthquake, mechanics of sand, soil liquification
Record Creator: Metadata instance created March 6, 2005 by Cathy Ezrailson
Record Updated: Apr 23, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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January 25, 2006
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P. Barry, (2002), WWW Document, (
P. Barry, The Physics of Sandcastles, (2002), <>.
APA Format
Barry, P. (2006, January 25). The Physics of Sandcastles. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from
Chicago Format
Barry, Patrick. The Physics of Sandcastles. January 25, 2006. (accessed 23 April 2019).
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Barry, Patrick. The Physics of Sandcastles. 2002. 25 Jan. 2006. 23 Apr. 2019 <>.
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