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For other sand-related objects in Minecraft, see Sand (Disambiguation).

Sand is a common physic-obeying block that can be found in desert biomes and next to bodies of water like lakes, rivers, and beaches.

Sources

Sand can be found on the surface of deserts, rivers, beaches, or from the majority of chests found within desert temples. Wandering traders will also trade sand and red sand in exchange for emeralds.

Mechanics

Sand can be broken by any tool, but a shovel is quickest. Being a physic-obeying block, it will turn into a falling block entity if there is no block supporting it from beneath. The sand will fall until it hits a solid block, at which point it will turn back into a normal sand block. However, if it lands atop a torch, it will turn into a gather-able item. If 2 falling sand blocks land directly on top of a player and covers the player's head, the player will start to suffocate, slowly losing health.

When smelted in a furnace, sand becomes glass.

Crafting

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Mining

Sand can be harvested with any tool or by hand, but a shovel is the fastest way to harvest sand.

Tool Shovelgraphic
Hardness 0.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Default
0.75
Wood
0.4
Stone
0.2
Iron
0.15
Diamond
0.1
Netherite
0.1
Gold
0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Trivia

  • In chunks of landscape generated after Beta 1.2's release, the bottom of all sand piles had a layer of sandstone.
  • Before Beta 1.8, the spawn point of a world when created would always be on sand.
  • In the PC and Pocket Edition, particles are released by sand that is floating either by glitches or within the 1 tick that it takes for the game to realize that the sand should fall.
  • Sand and gravel take about 0.45 seconds to fall one meter.
  • The player's Hotbar slots take up a darker sand texture.
  • Concrete powder looks very similar to sand.

Gallery

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