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Temporary Mosaic, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Covering 275 square miles, White Sands National Monument is the largest expanse of gypsum sand dunes anywhere in the world.  With the ever changing and constantly moving landscape due to the harsh winds that sweep across the Tularosa Basin in the state of New Mexico, the plants and animals that make their home here live a harsh existence.  For plants to survive here, they must grow faster in height than the rate that the dunes move or they will be buried under the sand.  White Sands National Monument's dunes are composed of gypsum crystals which do not absorb the sun's energy and therefore these dunes are not as hot to the touch as quartz-based dunes.  The winds in this area are constantly picking up and redepositing the crystals to different areas, reshaping the dunes and their patterns into the ever-changing mosaics of these dunes.

 

Temporary Mosaic, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

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