pH of Sand
Name: Patricia B.
Date: March 2001
What determines the pH level of sand?
Sand, like all natural soils has various
components. Although pure sand is mostly
silica and would have a neutral pH of 7, natural
sand has a healthy dose of salt and some
organic matter. These natural "impurities"
of sand would give it a different pH from neutral.
David R. Cook
Atmospheric Research Section
Environmental Research Division
Argonne National Laboratory
Click here to return to the Environmental and Earth Science Archives
Update: June 2012