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* ''Videogame/DeepRockGalactic:'' The Sandblasted Corridors may have actual sandstone rather than sand, but Nayaka Trawlers don't seem to care at all. They're the only ones that get to treat the floor this way however, and it's specifically noted as something really strange they can do. But they will swim through sandstone at you, grab you, and then exploit the fact to you it's still sand to try and [[WhatADrag subject you to a horrible death through abrasion by dragging you through the sandstone]]; it's a good thing your heavy armor manages to stave off a lot of that harm.


* The avalanche in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is more Snow Is Water. Which, well, it is, though it doesn't usually behave ''exactly'' like it.

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* The avalanche in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}}'' is more Snow Is Water. Which, well, it is, though it doesn't usually behave ''exactly'' like it.



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* Once you've reached Hardmode in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'', new enemies will spawn, one of which being the Sand Sharks which will spawn during sandstorms. They're powerful enemies that can swim quickly through the sand and then lunge at the player.


* The ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' manga features a desert aircraft carrier: an aircraft carrier on tracks that can ''submerge itself in the sand'' and move around 'underwater.' It doesn't dive like a submarine, though; it pumps sand up to bury itself. It also has a few problems with overheating.

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* The ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' ''Manga/Area88'' manga features a desert aircraft carrier: an aircraft carrier on tracks that can ''submerge itself in the sand'' and move around 'underwater.' It doesn't dive like a submarine, though; it pumps sand up to bury itself. It also has a few problems with overheating.



* The terrain of the desert world of ''Anime/ProjectAKO: Blue Side/Grey Side'' seems to shift from sand to water at the whim of the writers and animators.

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The terrain of the desert world of ''Anime/ProjectAKO: Blue ''Blue Side/Grey Side'' seems to shift from sand to water at the whim of the writers and animators.animators.
** In ''Uncivil Wars'', a mercenary trying to kidnap C-Ko has a craft that travels through sand like a submarine. B-Ko even use depth charges to attack the craft.



* Played straight in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' when Sakura and Syaoran are attacked by "The Sand" card whose main power appears to be this trope, even creating a sand whirlpool!

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* Played straight in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' when Sakura and Syaoran are attacked by "The Sand" card whose main power appears to be this trope, even creating a sand whirlpool!



* The ''Anime/ProjectAKo'' OAV ''Uncivil Wars'', a mercenary trying to kidnap C-Ko has a craft that travels through sand like a submarine. B-Ko even use depth charges to attack the craft.



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* The avalanche in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is more Snow Is Water. Which, well, it is, though it doesn't usually behave ''exactly'' like it.
* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin''. Tintin and Captain Haddock are in a desert when Haddock tells Tintin about his ancestor as he looks out over the sand dunes. Cue a virtually seamless transition between the dunes and a ship sailing on the ocean waves.
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* The avalanche in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is more Snow Is Water. Which, well, it is, though it doesn't usually behave ''exactly'' like it.



* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin''. Tintin and Captain Haddock are in a desert when Haddock tells Tintin about his ancestor as he looks out over the sand dunes. Cue a virtually seamless transition between the dunes and a ship sailing on the ocean waves.


* The avalanche in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is more Snow Is Water. Which, well, [[CaptainObvious it is]], though it doesn't usually behave ''exactly'' like it.

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* The avalanche in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is more Snow Is Water. Which, well, [[CaptainObvious it is]], is, though it doesn't usually behave ''exactly'' like it.


* Played straight in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' when Sakura and Syaoran are attacked by "The Sand" card whose main power appears to be this trope, even creating a sand whirpool!

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* Played straight in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' when Sakura and Syaoran are attacked by "The Sand" card whose main power appears to be this trope, even creating a sand whirpool!whirlpool!


* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'''s sandworms swam through the deserts like they were water. The sandworms also generated intense heat and triggered some extremely powerful electromagnetic storms from all the friction. The sandworms' larvae are plankton-like and serve a similar function in the sand ecology.
** Played even straighter with tidal dust basins, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin basins of dust so deep they have tides]], which an unwary traveler can wander into and die.

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* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'''s sandworms swam ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''
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through the deserts like they were through the water. The sandworms also generated intense heat and triggered some extremely powerful electromagnetic storms from all the friction. The sandworms' larvae are plankton-like and serve a similar function in the sand ecology.
** Played even straighter with tidal dust basins, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin basins of dust so deep they have tides]], tides, which an unwary traveler can wander into and die.



* The Sea of Rust in ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'' is a variant; it's still effectively a dust-ocean, but the "powder" that serves as a water-substitute is actually untold billions of tons of [[MeaningfulName rust flakes]], created when some unknown disaster corroded an entire continent-sized mass of [[CityPlanet Cybertron]] in a comparative instant.

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* The Sea of Rust in ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'' is a variant; it's still effectively a dust-ocean, but the "powder" that serves as a water-substitute is actually untold billions of tons of [[MeaningfulName rust flakes]], created when some unknown disaster corroded an entire continent-sized mass of [[CityPlanet Cybertron]] {{C|ityPlanet}}ybertron in a comparative instant.


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* Mars in ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' is home to desert skates, which swim in the sand and will attack Tenno and Grineer alike.

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* Orochimaru once uses a jutsu to let him traverse through dirt like water, even using a ReedSnorkel]], to spy on Team 7


* ''Literature/LandOfOz'' has the Deadly Desert, which was once uncrossable, until in one book some characters create a sand boat that can travel through the sands.


* In ''The Road to Oz'', the fifth book of the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz series]], Dorothy, Toto, Button-Bright, Polychrome, and the Shaggy Man travel across the Deadly Desert to Oz in a "sand boat", which is described as "a sleigh with sails and a rudder".

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* In ''The Road to Oz'', ''Literature/TheRoadToOz'', the fifth book of the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz series]], Dorothy, Toto, Button-Bright, Polychrome, and the Shaggy Man travel across the Deadly Desert to Oz in a "sand boat", which is described as "a sleigh with sails and a rudder".

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* ''Literature/LandOfOz'' has the Deadly Desert, which was once uncrossable, until in one book some characters create a sand boat that can travel through the sands.


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*''VideoGame/GuildWars2'': Zig-zagged. The sands of the Crystal Desert are filled with marine-type animals like land sharks, sand eels, and skimmers (which resemble giant manta rays). However, walking through the sand is just like walking on other land. There are also pits full of quicksand that kill you quickly (similar to video game lava), unlike water which is swimable. However, skimmers can glide over both water and sand, and get the same speed boost for each.


* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'''s sandworms swam through the deserts like they were water. The sandworms also generated intense heat and triggered some extremely powerful electromagnetic storms from all the friction.

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* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'''s sandworms swam through the deserts like they were water. The sandworms also generated intense heat and triggered some extremely powerful electromagnetic storms from all the friction. The sandworms' larvae are plankton-like and serve a similar function in the sand ecology.


* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'': Secco's [[FightingSpirit Stand]], [[InstantArmor Oasis]], gives him the ability to treat any stone or earth as this. It's a virtually unbeatable combo with his partner, [[FesteringFungus Cioccolata]], whose Green Day spreads a virulent fungal infection that spreads extremely rapidly, but only when its victims move to a lower elevation.

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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'': Secco's [[FightingSpirit Stand]], [[InstantArmor Oasis]], gives him the ability to treat any stone or earth as this. It's a virtually unbeatable combo with his partner, [[FesteringFungus Cioccolata]], whose Green Day spreads generates a virulent fungal infection that spreads extremely rapidly, but only when its victims move to a lower elevation.

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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'': Secco's [[FightingSpirit Stand]], [[InstantArmor Oasis]], gives him the ability to treat any stone or earth as this. It's a virtually unbeatable combo with his partner, [[FesteringFungus Cioccolata]], whose Green Day spreads a virulent fungal infection that spreads extremely rapidly, but only when its victims move to a lower elevation.

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*''Anime/ChildrenOfTheWhales'' has this as a setting. Characters use boats to travel on a sea of sand.

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