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Million Dollar View

Posted in family, sand, Scotland, Uncategorized with tags , on October 19, 2008 by roxteacher

I have to admit that when my wife emailed me from Scotland last month and told me that Dan had a million dollar view, I was skeptical. I asked the boy to take a photo from his room window and lo and behold, it truly is breathtaking. Looking at the North Sea, he can see the Old Course and the West Sands (beach scene in Chariots of Fire filmed here). His room in McIntosh Hall is just high enough to look over the buildings that separate him from the course and the sea. The road on the right leads to the clubhouse of the Royal and Ancient golf club (one block on the left) along with the 1st tee and 18th green of the Old Course. The West Sands are straight ahead and the rest of the Old Course is the greenery to the far left. For a golfer like my son, this has got to be heaven.

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I am the Sandman, goo goo g’joob

Posted in sand, Scotland with tags , on January 28, 2008 by roxteacher

Now I know that this sounds strange but I actually have a sand collection. In my dscn0850.jpg oceanography unit I have the students conduct a week-long sand lab. They determine settling velocity, grain size, degree of roundness, composition, and other physical characteristics like luster and color. They then compare their findings to the description of 8 known samples and match their unknowns to the descriptions. Over the years as my students take trips to the Caribbean and afar, I have them bring back some sand. Even after they graduate, students have sent sand from Russia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malta, and the Gobi Desert. I now have over 100 samples from around the world. When I travel I do the same. Sand from Dornoch, Scotland was my last acquisition. You too can contribute. Any size donation is great. The students are amazed (yes, really) at the differences. After all they think that sand is sand is sand. After seeing Bermuda’s sands and Hawaii’s sands and Uruguay’s sands they realize the vast differences in something so small.