Why were Sand Matoran never made (in-story)?

Why did the Great Beings never make Matoran of Sand? Was it because they didn’t have the time, since they had to be ready before the Shattering? Was it because of how similair it was to other elements?
Perhaps a combination of both; they didn’t have the time, so they scrapped one element which they deemed less important?
Or another reason?


I assume they felt the tribes they had were sufficient for what they had to get done. I also don’t recall offhand there being a large desert area for them to live in within the domes.

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