Q:

Does sand dissolve in water?

A:

Quick Answer

Sand does not dissolve in water. Sand is mostly made of fine quartz, which does not dissolve in water. Sand does dissolve in certain hot acids.

Know More
Does sand dissolve in water?
Credit: Vstock Getty Images

Full Answer

A substance, known as a solute, dissolves in a solvent when the solvent is able to surround the solvent molecules and the solute becomes invisible to the naked eye. The non-polar covalent bonds in sand are too strong for water to break and surround the sand molecules. Like solvents dissolve like solutes; therefore, polar solvents, like water, dissolve polar solutes like salt and sugar but do not dissolve non-polar solutes, like oil. By contrast, a non-polar solvent dissolves a non-polar solute; thus salt does not dissolve in alcohol because alcohol is non-polar.

Sources:

  1. sandatlas.org

Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    Is sand homogeneous or heterogeneous?

    A:

    Although some artificially produced sands may have small enough grains to appear homogeneous, beach sands are heterogeneous mixtures, according to Elmhurst College. Heterogeneous mixtures are composed of particles which vary in size, shape or phase.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where is the poem "Footprints in the Sand" from?

    A:

    Mary Stevenson wrote the poem "Footprints in the Sand" in 1936 as a young girl, but she was not aware of copyright laws at the time. Subsequent copies were signed "Author Anonymous," but many authors claimed authorship.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is sand made of?

    A:

    The exact composition of sand varies from region to region, but in most cases it is a mixture of silicon dioxide, weathered rocks and local minerals, calcium carbonate from reefs, and the remains of microscopic sea creatures. The action of the ocean waves or wind grinds this material together until all that remains are tiny fragments.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How is sand formed?

    A:

    Sand is formed by the erosion of rocks, which become tiny particles. These tiny particles are picked up by wind and water and become sand.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore