Nigerian sand mining workers are seen during a mining process in Ikorodu,Lagos, Nigeria on July 16, 2015. | Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Sand Mining Is Wreaking Havoc Around the World

Sand is an essential component in construction, and mining it is causing ecological damage, fueling corruption, and threatening economic growth.

Trolleys filled with sand, bee-lined at Badarpur village near Loni on August 3, 2013 in Ghaziabad, India | Sakib Ali/ Hindustan Times via Getty Images