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* 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}}''
** Sandworms swim
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.


* According to ''Mandeville's Travels'' (14th century), there is a "Sea of Sand" in India which consists of sand that flows like water, and which has fish that are "different than other fishes" but still edible. There is also a river of rocks flowing into the Sea the Sand.
* Hugh Howey's serial novel Literature/{{Sand}} has divers that use vibration suits to swim through sand and scavenge treasure.

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* According to ''Mandeville's Travels'' (14th century), there is a "Sea of Sand" in India which consists of sand that flows like water, and which has fish that are "different than other fishes" but still edible. There is also a river of rocks flowing into the Sea the of Sand.
* Hugh Howey's Howey (author of Literature/{{Wool}}) has another serial novel Literature/{{Sand}} has called Sand in which divers that use vibration suits to swim through sand and scavenge treasure.

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* In ''Literature/TheAtlantropaArticles'', Ansel has a massive ship that sails through the sands of the Kiln desert.

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* Inverted in "A Horse with No Name" with the line "The Ocean is a desert with its life underground".

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* Side Eye, a Hammerhead shark Rabbid and one of the bosses of the ''VideoGame/MarioPlusRabbidsKingdomBattle'' DLC "DK Adventure" moves around by swimming into sand with only his fin poking out of the sand. Like, you know, sharks.

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