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White Sands National Monument - Sand Dunes

White Sands National Monument

Location:  

Alamogordo, New Mexico

White Sands Missile Range encircles the monument, and Holloman Air Force Base lies to the east.

GPS Coordinates: 3246′53″N, 10610′22.33″W

Description:

Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Here, great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert and created the world's largest gypsum dune field.

White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dune field, along with the plants and animals that have successfully adapted to this constantly changing environment.

Gypsum is rarely found in the form of sand because it is water-soluble. Normally, rain would dissolve the gypsum and carry it to the sea. Since the Tularosa Basin has no outlet to the sea, rain that dissolves gypsum from the surrounding San Andres and Sacramento Mountains is trapped within the basin, and the rain either sinks into the ground or forms shallow pools which subsequently dry out and leave gypsum in a crystalline form, called selenite, on the surface.

Unlike dunes made of quartz-based sand crystals, the gypsum does not readily convert the sun's energy into heat and thus can be walked upon safely with bare feet, even in the hottest summer months.

Managed By

National Park Service

Size:  

Type of Closure

Permanent

Reason for Closure

On 18 January 1933, President Herbert Hoover created the White Sands National Monument, acting under the authority of the Antiquities Act of 1906.

Endangered or Threatened Species:

None

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