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Different types of soil

Soil is a major component of the Earth’s ecosystem. The world’s ecosystems are impacted in far-reaching ways by the processes carried out in the soil, with effects ranging from ozone depletion and global warming to rain forest destruction and water pollution.

River Sand is a natural sand that is made from weathering or erosion processes, unlike other sands that are made from crushing rock. River Sand can vary in gradation but is typically coarse sand. It can be used in all types of landscaping and construction projects including concrete sand, drainage areas, arena footing and soil amendments. It is made from the same material of the local rock it eroded from, so usually it is mainly silica sand from quartz. Our River Sand is sub-angular in shape, but other sources can be rounded.

River sand in Kerala, like in many other regions, is an important natural resource used in construction and various other applications. It is primarily sourced from the rivers that flow through the state, such as the Periyar, Bharathapuzha (Nila), Pamba, Chaliyar, and others.

The coasts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have beach sand deposits of various minerals such as ilmenite, zircon, rutile, garnet, sillimanite, leucoxene, and monazite.

In recent years, alternative materials like manufactured sand (M-sand) have gained popularity as substitutes for river sand in construction activities, partly due to environmental concerns and regulatory constraints associated with river sand extraction. M-sand is produced by crushing rocks or quarry stones to the required grain size and is considered an environmentally friendly alternative to river sand.

Red soil

Red soil is a type of soil that typically develops in warm, temperate, and humid climates and comprise approximately 13% of Earth’s soils. It contains thin organic and organic-mineral layers of highly leached soil resting on a red layer of alluvium. Red soils contain large amounts of clay and are generally derived from the weathering of ancient crystalline and metamorphic rock. Red soils are an important resource because they make up such a large portion of farmland on the earth. In countries such as China, India, and Greece where there are large amounts of red soil, understanding the soil’s properties are crucial to successful agriculture

Beach Sand

The beaches of Kerala, a state in southwestern India, are known for their picturesque beauty and unique characteristics. The sand found on Kerala’s beaches varies in color and texture, often ranging from golden to light brown. These sandy shores attract tourists from around the world, offering opportunities for relaxation, water sports, and enjoying stunning sunsets.

The composition of beach sand in Kerala typically consists of a mix of minerals, including quartz, feldspar, mica, and other organic materials. The exact composition can vary depending on the specific location along the coast.

Kerala’s beaches are not just about sand; they often feature coconut palms, backwaters, cliffs, and lush greenery, adding to their allure. Some of the famous beaches in Kerala include Kovalam, Varkala, Cherai, Alleppey, and Bekal. Each of these beaches offers a unique experience and ambiance, attracting visitors with their natural beauty and cultural vibrancy.