What is an „arenophile“?

Sand collectors are also called an arenophile, did you know it?

Sand collector - ArenophileBut what the hell is that? Arenophile sounds cracy ...!

An Arenophile (also called Psammophile) is one who collects sand samples.
The interest of the hobby lying in the variety of texture, colour, mineralogy and location of the sand samples.

The word "arenophile" originates in:

  • the term "arenit" which geolgical indicates the sediments of size ranging between 0,065 mm and 2 mm, which represents sand
  • the Greek suffix "phile" which means "which likes"

The arenophile is thus somebody "which likes sand" ;-)

"To see a world in a grain of sand
and a heaven in a wildflower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour."

William Blake