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sands

[sanz]
(mining engineering)
The coarser and heavier particles of crushed ore, of such size that they settle readily in water and may be leached by allowing the solution to percolate.
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The tide was on the turn, and the horrid sand began to shiver.
Walking beyond the line of trees they saw before them a fearful, dismal desert, everywhere gray sand.
As for the yellow hen, she continued to peck away at the sand busily, and seemed quite contented with her bill-of-fare.
I dug into the sand with the point of my hunting-knife.
Yes," said the young man, in an undertone, "I guessed on the sands and now I know; that was why I let him fall soft.
Most of the soil had been washed away or buried in drift after the removal of the trees; only where the streamlet ran down from the kettle a thick bed of moss and some ferns and little creeping bushes were still green among the sand.
The beautiful salmon boat lay on the hard sand, squashed flat as a pancake, while on it were perched French Frank's schooner and the Reindeer.
One can imagine them, covered with sand, excited and disordered, running up the little street in the bright sunlight just as the shop folks were taking down their shutters and people were opening their bedroom windows.
There was not a variation in the surface of the soil, not a hillock of sand, not a pebble, to relieve the gaze.
Both shifted their postures slightly, but vain was the attempt to escape from the dull, aching contact of the sand.
There blows in the months of June, July, and August, another wind, which raises mountains of sand and carries them through the air; all that can be done in this case is when a cloud of sand rises, to mark where it is likely to fall, and to retire as far off as possible; but it is very usual for men to be taken unexpectedly, and smothered in the dust.
The sand is entirely, or in greater part, siliceous; but some points are of a black colour, and from their glossy surface possess a metallic lustre.