m dune field, along with
imals that have adapted successfull
to y to this
constantly changing enviro
nment.At the northern end of the
Chihuahuan Desert lies
inged valley, the Tularosa Basin. Risi
from the heart of this basin is one
of the world's
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at natural wonders-the glisten
ew Mexico. G
reat wave-like dunes of gyps
sand have engulfed 275 squar
e miles of dese
here and created the l
argest gypsum dune fiel
The dunes, brilliant and Check into dorms. Evening picnic. Meet and greet students.
are ever changing.
They grow, crest, then slump but always advance.
Slowly but relentle
sand, driven by stron Safety class. Field trip to EMRTC's Torres Lab for practical experiments.
est winds, covers everything in its path.
Within the extremely ha
ronment of the
dune field, even plants and animals adapted to
desert conditions struggle to survive. Only a few
species of p
ow rapidly enough to survive
burial by the moving dunes, but several types
of small animals hav
olved white colorations
to camouflage them in the gypsum sand. White
Sands National Monument