White Sands



New Mexico: 32°N – 2018

White Sands National Park – New Mexico, USA: Protected as a US National Monument in 1933 and further as a US National Park in 2019.

The largest gypsum dune field in the world, White Sands National Park covers an area of 275 square miles and is comprised entirely of water-soluble gypsum crystals. Gypsum does not absorb the sun’s heat – even on the hottest days, the sands remain cool.  White Sands gypsum was deposited 250 million years ago and uplifted 70 million years ago into a dome during a mountain-building period that also saw the rise of the Rocky Mountains.  The dome collapsed 10 million years ago creating today’s Tularosa Basin and the white sand dune fields.

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