Wednesday, February 22, 2012

White Sands National Monument

The White Sands National Monument is an area of 115 square miles in south central New Mexico. Next to the Chihuahan Desert and a U.S. military missile test base, this U.S. National Park has drawn visitors for over 80 years. Created from an ephemeral lake or playa that has a very high mineral content, wind and shifting dunes transport these minerals from the lake to the entire area. The minerals in transition turn into pure gypsum...making White Sands the largest gypsum dune field in the world.

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