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Singapore Is Finding It Harder to Grow, Literally

Neighboring countries have banned sand exports over the years
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Photographer: Jonathan Drake/Bloomberg

In Singapore, sand is just as precious a resource as oil and water. Securing a steady supply is proving to be trickier these days.

By filling the sea along its coasts with imported sand, the tiny island nation has expanded its physical size by about 24 percent since 1960, according to data from the Singapore Land Authority.