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Climbing Gypsum Sand Dunes at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

The dunes in southern New Mexico cover over 140,000 acres. They consist of gypsum crystals called gelenite. Unlike sand, they are pure white, continually shift and blow and do not convert sunlight into heat. So kids slide down the dunes on saucers in shorts and bare feet while nearby snow plows keep the roads open. […]

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Gypsum Sand Rock and Soaptree Yucca in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Nature is incredibly resilient. This twig-thin stalk of soaptree yucca manages to grow across the 115 square miles of drifting dunes in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. This park in the Tularosa Basin is covered with selenite crystals or gypsum. The snow-white material is constantly blowing while creating unique sculptures and wind-swept ridges, knolls […]