Characterization of Sand Particles in Arid Areas

  • Abdulsalam AlhazzaEmail author
  • Shorouq Ahmad
  • Ali Al-Dousari
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Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)


Sand particles in the arid areas are an important source of silica and silicon oxide. The study of Micro-features of these particles can provide outstanding information about its history. In addition, it can show the properties of these particles. Chemical and Physical properties are considered in analyzing sand samples. This work aims to study the properties of the sand particles in an arid area. Sand particles from different locations within the same wind corridor were chosen to be analyzed. Then, some chemical and physical analysis was performed by using the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF). The chemical and the physical study show that some quartz particles tend to be spherical and smooth. The mechanical features of the quartz particles surface mostly occur in the form of dish-shaped depressions, V-shaped pits and crescentic pits, rounded, and upturned plates.


Sand particles Arid areas Micro features Physical properties Depressions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdulsalam Alhazza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shorouq Ahmad
    • 1
  • Ali Al-Dousari
    • 1
  1. 1.Kuwait Institute for Scientific ResearchKuwait CityKuwait

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