The sand particles formed by battering of quartz by wind and water over time are known as silica sand. For industrial use or making silica sand, the quartz particles are broken down into tiny sand granules in a controlled environment. The silica sand is more precise and finer than the commonly used concrete and asphalt gravels. Silica sand is usually used in oil and natural gas industries. Many everyday items such as personal care products, glass and electronics are made using silica sand. Other applications of silica sand include metal casting, chemical manufacturing, construction materials, paints and coatings, ceramics and recreational products.