colorations to camouflag
e them in the gyps

um sand. White Sands National Monum
ent preserves a major part of this gyps

um dune field, along with the pla
nts and animals that have adapted s

uccessfully to this constantly changi
ng environment.At the northern end of

the Chihuahuan Dese

rt lies a mount

ain-ringed valley, the Tularosa Basin. Risin

g from the heart of this basin

is one of the world

's great nat

ural wonders-the glistening

white sands of New Mexico. Grea
t wave-like dun
es of gypsum sand have en

gulfed 275 square miles of desert here and c

Please fill out the following form to contact New Mexico Tech/reated the largest gypsum dune field in the world. The dunes, brilliant and white, are ever changing. They grow, crest, then slump but always advance. 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 pla

Note: All fields are required.nts and animals adapted to desert conditions struggle to survive. Only a few species of plants grow rapidly enough t

o sur


burial b

y the mo

ving dunes, but
several typ

es of small animals have evolved white colorations t


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o camouflage them
in the gypsum sa

nd. White Sands National Monument preserves

a major part of this
gypsum dune fi
eld, along with t

he plants and animals that have adapted successfully to this