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The White Sands National Monument is located about 50 miles east of Las Cruces.  There are 275 square miles of gypsum sand.  The brilliant white dunes are ever changing: growing, cresting, then slumping, but always advancing. Slowly but relentlessly the sand, driven by strong southwest winds, covers everything in its path. Within the extremely harsh environment of the dune field, even plants and animals adapted to desert conditions struggle to survive.  Only a few species of plants grow rapidly enough to survive burial by moving dunes, but several types of small animals have evolved a white coloration that camouflages them in the gypsum sand.

(P.S.  I didn't write the above.  Most of it is from the White Sands web site.)



At White Sands, there were no restrictions on climbing on the sand dunes and doing whatever you wanted on them, within reason.  Jeremiah Buckenberger demonstrates.


We dont' know who is behind this wall of sand.